The baseball team has won its first two Big East series this season, including this weekend’s against Notre Dame. It has the Player of the Week, Dexter Butler, who is batting .600 for the past week.
Now the Bulls host a struggling Florida A&M team that has just one win this season. Both through 26 games, the Bulls and the Rattlers are exactly the opposite this season. As a team, USF is batting .304 – FAMU: .244. As a team, the Bulls have 190 runs – the Rattlers: 114. RBI are no different; USF has 168 to FAMU’s 100.
Butler’s offense has been unstoppable on his way to Player of the Week-honors, as the junior is batting a team-high .407, 21 RBI, seven doubles, a home run and has made only five errors defensively.
The Rattlers are led by outfielder Darryl Evans, who is batting a team-high .327, five doubles, three home runs, 15 RBI and 21 strikeouts. Following Evans is fellow outfielder Anthony Mazzeo, who is batting .313 and a team-high five home runs.
But FAMU has a conference-high (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) 82 errors, including nine against Bethune-Cookman on Friday. Mazzeo had four in a game on Feb. 10 and has a team-high 18. The Bulls have just 48 as a team.
USF will start right-hander Yuri Higgins today and freshman Matt Quevedo on Wednesday. Higgins, a senior, has a 5.13 ERA, but leads the team with 40 strikeouts. Keep an eye on: shortstop Walter Diaz. The Miami transfer has a team-high .488 on-base percentage, but also a .390 batting average and a team-high 41 hits.