Bulls look to improve, coming off big win
Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 00:03
Coming off of a dramatic comeback win over Toledo on Sunday, the USF baseball team will continue their home stay in a two-game series against Boston College this week.
The Bulls (4-6) will take on the Eagles (2-7) tonight and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the USF Baseball Stadium.
USF Coach Lelo Prado said he’s been disappointed with the starting pitching lately.
“Totally disappointed the way our starting pitching (has) been,” Prado said. “The pitching has got to get a lot better. (Joey) Lovecchio, (Nick) Gonzalez, those guys got to pitch better.”
Lovecchio pitched through one inning against Toledo on Sunday, giving up five hits, four runs and one walk where Gonzalez pitched through five innings, allowing five hits and three walks on Saturday.
Prado also said he feels his pitchers are not competing.
“They got to compete,” he said. “That’s what disappoints me. I don’t think they’re competing. Certain guys are doing it in certain situations, but they’re not competing. The minute they start competing, the minute they’ll pitch better.”
Through 10 games, USF starting pitching combine for an ERA of 2.99, but their record is 3-6.
Right-handed pitcher Michael Clarkson will get the start on the mound. The sophomore earned his first win of the season against Central Florida last Tuesday, allowing one hit in four scoreless innings in a 6-4 win.
USF is coming off of a home opening three-game series against Toledo, which the Bulls won two of the three games including a dramatic comeback win in game three where the Bulls scored six runs in the final inning after trailing 8-3.
Junior outfielder James Ramsay hit a walk-off triple to give USF the victory.
Ramsay said the team believes in its abilities.
“We have a great team. We have great confidence in our abilities and we try to keep that,” Ramsay said.
The Eagles are coming into tonight after losing 7-6 against Georgia State on Sunday and the series. USF has won three of its last four games heading into tonight’s series with the Eagles.