The Bulls will try to finish 2-0 on the season against the rival Knights in tonight’s single-game matchup at 7 at the USF Baseball Stadium and close out their home stand against Alcorn State over the weekend.
A five-inning contribution from the bullpen helped USF earn a 6-4 victory at UCF in the first meeting of the season.
The pressure began to build on USF’s relievers as the Knights (18-15) threatened to comeback late, but seniors Chad Taylor and Steven Leasure came through
in the clutch to close things out.
Taylor ended UCF’s bid to tie the ballgame in the eighth inning by striking out designated hitter Jeramy Matos with runners on second and third, and Leasure forced a lineout to short with the potential game tying runners on base to end the game.
“They hung in there and made it happen,” coach Lelo Prado said.
Prado said he will not settle for a season split with the Knights.
“You have to take care of business and win them all,” Prado said.
A win in tonight’s game would extend the Bulls’ current winning streak to five
and provide them with the spark to try to keep it alive in their three-game series with Alcorn State (8-25).
Prado said he hopes for a sweep against the Braves as he does for UCF.
“You can’t be satisfied with two-out of three,” Prado said.
So far this season, Prado and the Bulls (18-14, 7-2) haven’t been satisfied with series splits and losses. USF has swept three teams this season against FAMU, Cincinnati and the most recent one coming against Pittsburgh.
Each of those sweeps has come at home for the Bulls.