USF baseball loses to FSU 5-2

By Josh Fiallo, SPORTS EDITOR
On February 21, 2018

USF lost to FSU 5-2 in a rain soaked game.
ORACLE FILE PHOTO/JACKIE BENITEZ

Playing in rain throughout, No. 5 FSU used a four-run eighth inning to rally past USF 5-2 at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee on Tuesday night.

FSU’s Steven Wells doubled inside the left-field line to score one in the bottom of the eighth to break the 1-1 tie. The double was the Seminoles’ only hit of the inning, but they still entered the ninth with a 5-1 advantage.

Before FSU’s eighth-inning rally, in the top of the inning, a crucial double play was turned by the Seminoles, which got the crowd back into the game that hadn’t had a single run scored since the top of the second.

With USF’s David Villar on first with no outs, Carson Ragsdale hit a ground ball to third base. FSU third baseman Drew Mendoza fielded the ball, threw to first and got Ragsdale out, then retreated back to his bag to catch and tag out Villar, who was attempting to go from first to third on the play.

“When (Villar) came around second, I just saw him out of the corner of my eye,” Mendoza said. “(First baseman) Rhett put the throw on the money. I wasn’t expecting that, but it definitely worked out. It brought our fans and the team back into the game.”

USF (1-3) would get one run back in the top of the ninth after Alec Wisely batted into a fielder's choice, scoring Tyler Dietrich. With runners on the corners, two outs and Kyle Phillips at the plate, USF was one swing away from tying the game at five.

Instead of completing a ninth-inning comeback, as the Bulls did in their 4-2 win over FSU last season, FSU’s Gage Hutchinson struck out Phillips, ending the game.

USF outhit the Seminoles 7-5, with two of the Bulls' hits coming from Chris Chatfield. Chatfield, a junior, leads the team with a .438 average and five hits in his last eight at-bats.

The loss was USF’s third in a row. All three losses, however, came against top 10 teams.

The Bulls will return home Friday at 7 p.m. for the start of a three-game series against Fordham (1-1-1). Fordham’s tie, which came on Feb. 18, was a result of a travel time limit.

Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly

More usforacle News Articles

Recent usforacle News Articles

Discuss This Article

GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY

How do you most commonly view stories from the Oracle

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER

TODAY'S PRINT EDITION

Log In

or Create an account

Employers & Housing Providers

Employers can list job opportunities for students

Post a Job

Housing Providers can list available housing

Post Housing

Log In

Forgot your password?

Your new password has been sent to your email!

Logout Successful!

Please Select Your College/University:

You just missed it! This listing has been filled.

Post your own housing listing on Uloop and have students reach out to you!

Upload An Image

Please select an image to upload
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format
OR
Provide URL where image can be downloaded
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format