South Florida baseball went to Central Florida Tuesday night with two wins against the Golden Knights this season. The Bulls took a streak of seven straight midweek wins along with them, as well.
But USF was met by a UCF team led by pitcher Bo Hall, who was ready with nine innings of solid pitching.
“Their pitcher pitched a hell of a game,” USF coach Eddie Cardieri said. “He pitched a complete game. He was very good. We gave away a lot of at-bats and didn’t pitch that clearly. We didn’t play well enough to win; it’s just that simple.”
Hall gave up seven hits but only two runs, as the Bulls fell 6-2 to UCF. Hall dealt Bulls batters nine strikeouts.
“Our (batters) approaches weren’t that great to tell you the truth,” Cardieri said. “(Hall) had good stuff and good location, but we chased a lot of balls in the dirt.”
RBI single in the first to give the Bulls the lead. Baisley went 3-for-4 on the night.
“(Baisley) had an absolutely great game,” Cardieri said. “His only out was smoked to the second baseman. He was one of our bright spots, that’s for sure.”
But the Golden Knights wouldn’t stay down long. They had two back-to-back two-run innings in the third and fourth and added two more in the seventh to get their six. The Bulls added one more in the sixth when a Mike Barclay single scored Baisley, who had reached on a triple.
Ryan Gloger took the loss, but Cardieri said he was strong for not having pitched in two weeks.
“He was OK, he was kind of like the game, he wasn’t bad but he wasn’t great,” Cardieri said. “He could have gone another inning.”
Cardieri stressed how crucial wins are to the team in the last leg of the season.
“Every game is becoming more vital for us to get into the Regional Tournament,” Cardieri said. “I’d say right now, we are one of the proverbial bubble teams. You know if you win games down the stretch you got a shot to get in, if you don’t you won’t.”
Jarrett Guthrie covers baseball and can be reached at email@example.com