Bulls sweep previously undefeated Stetson

Freshman Drew Brutcher (above) has five home runs and nine RBIs through the first 10 games of the season. USF ATHLETICS PHOTO

The previously undefeated Stetson Hatters were taken down in sweeping fashion by the USF baseball team over the weekend in a three-game series, marking seven wins in a row for the Bulls.

Before coming into the weekend, the Hatters (10-3) were winners of 10 straight, but they ran into the power of the Bulls (7-3) three consecutive times.

“[We] won [the games] in different ways,” coach Billy Mohl said after Sunday night’s win.

“Friday night was a close 3-2 ballgame, yesterday our offense put up 10 runs and then today we went 12 innings, and Drew Brutcher with the walk-off homer to win it.”

The young Bulls and their leadership skills shined both on the mound and at the plate, and the team showed resolve throughout the series.

“The leadership that we have at the top with our players is incredible and there’s nothing but fight in these guys right now,” Mohl said.

Redshirt freshman pitcher Jack Jasiak started Game 1 and pitched 7.2 innings, allowing two runs and logging a career-high 10 strikeouts.

Freshman Matt Ruiz was also able to impress, bringing in the first run of the game with an RBI in the third inning, and freshman Brutcher as well as redshirt sophomore Roberto Pena each hit a home run.

“It was a close 3-2 ball game,” Mohl said. 

In Game 2, the Bulls’ bats came to life. USF registered 16 hits and scored 10 runs on the way to a 10-5 victory Saturday.

Redshirt freshman Carmine Lane was hot, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Brutcher and Pena also hit home runs in the second game. 

The third game was a nail-biter until the end as the Bulls battled in a 12-inning fight, eventually winning 6-5 via a walk-off home run from Brutcher.

“In the first inning, we give up three [runs, but] we come back, we punch back and we take four [runs in the bottom of the first],” Mohl said. “There’s no quit in these guys, you can tell if you watch us play.”

The Bulls will look to add to their seven-game win streak against FSU on Tuesday in Tallahassee with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.