The No. 6 seed South Florida Bulls baseball team knocked off the No. 2 seed Tulane Green Wave 7-1 on Saturday night inside Bay Care Ballpark in Clearwater. They will face Central Florida on Sunday at noon for the AAC tournament championship.
The Bulls got the scoring started early in the first when Jake Sullivan drove in Riley Hogan on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice. USF struck for two more in the second on Carmine Lane’s two-run home run. The Bulls added three more runs in the third behind an infield single by Jarrett Eaton, and two wild pitches that scored runs.
Tulane starting pitcher Trent Johnson didn’t get out of the first inning after walking three, and hitting a batter. The Green Wave used five different pitchers in the first four innings before closer Keagan Gillies settled things down for Tulane.
USF got another dazzling pitching performance in the tournament, this time from RHP Brad Lord. He scattered four hits over six innings, and struck out a career-high eight batters.
It’s been an improbable run for the Bulls, and they’ll have a chance to cap it off with a title over their rival. The game will start at noon on ESPNNEWS. RHP Collin Sullivan will get the start. Winner gets the AAC auto-bid into the NCAA Tournament.