Bulls hit the road to face UCF

The baseball team will have its third and final meeting with Central Florida tonight in Orlando.

The Bulls have dropped four of their previous five games, including being swept at home by Rutgers this weekend, dropping three contests by a combined score of 22-12.

Starting pitching has been an issue for the Bulls as Matt Quevedo went only 2/3 of an inning, surrendering five runs and forcing Yuri Higgins to pitch seven innings of relief on Sunday.

USF will turn to freshman right-hander Daryl Lewis, who is making his first start of the season. In six appearances, Lewis has thrown 5 1/3 innings, allowed eight earned runs and 12 hits.

Shortstop Walter Diaz extended his hitting streak to 24 games on Sunday and leads the team in batting average (.389), runs (48), hits (68), doubles (11) and is second in walks (26).

The Bulls took the first meeting 11-4 on April 3 and then defeated the Golden Knights 10-5 last Tuesday. USF leads the all-time series 51-47.

UCF has lost its last four games and has gone 2-8 over the past 10 contests. One of those victories was over the Florida Gators, the same team that defeated USF 10-5 earlier in the season. Tuesday marks the beginning of a five-game home stand for UCF.

Most recently, the Golden Knights are coming off an 8-0 loss to Rice. UCF was held to only one hit and lost its third game of the series to the Owls.

Keep an Eye on: Golden Knights first baseman Kiko Vazquez. The sophomore leads UCF with five home runs and 30 RBI and has only struck out 11 times in 139 at bats. Vazquez’s second-inning single was the lone hit against Rice.