After defeating the Florida Gators on Friday, the South Florida Bulls baseball team continued their magical season with a dominating 10-2 win over No. 2 seed Miami Hurricanes on Saturday night to advance the Regional Final tomorrow at 6 p.m.
The Bulls scratched across a run in the first inning on a sac fly to right field by catcher Jake Sullivan to take an early 1-0 lead, but the Hurricanes scored the very next inning on a two-out single by center fielder Tony Jenkins.
USF scored five runs in an elongated fourth inning thanks to a one hour, 23 minute rain delay. After Sullivan singled, and Jarrett Eaton reached on an error, back-to-back singles by Nelson Rivera, and Nick Gonzalez gave the Bulls a 3-1 lead. As the rain started to pour down, 1B Riley Hogan doubled in two more runs for the Bulls. USF added another run in the inning after the delay to push the USF lead to 6-1.
The Bulls tacked on two more in the fifth, and runs in the 7th and 8th inning to cap the scoring for USF. DH Nelson Rivera went 3-for-4 with three RBI from the 8-hole, and 1B Riley Hogan went 3-for-5 with two RBI.
USF got five solid innings from lefty relievers Logan Lyle and Joe Sanchez to close things out.
The Bulls will face the winner of Miami and South Alabama (Sunday, Noon) tomorrow at 6 p.m. If USF wins they will advance to the Super Regionals for the first time in program history. If they lose, they’ll play again on Monday in an elimination game.
Not too shabby for a team that isn’t very good.