Top performances from Bulls baseball last week
After losing a series to Houston this past weekend, South Florida baseball still produced strong individual performance across the board from Tuesday to Sunday.
With solid outings both at the plate and on the mound, here are some of the top productions from the Bulls (16-22, AAC 5-4) last week.
Against the Cougars (20-16, AAC 6-3) on Sunday, sophomore pitcher Jack Cebert recorded a new career high of innings pitched, logging 7.1 frames with five strikeouts and just one earned run.
Cebert’s stellar outing helped prevent Houston from claiming the sweep over South Florida and added a 13-2 win to USF’s record. With his ninth appearance on the mound, the righty produced his fourth quality start of the year.
Following another great weekend on the bump, the American Athletic Conference nominated the young Bull to the weekly honor roll.
He now holds the lowest ERA of the starting rotation, with a 3.95 over 43.1 innings pitched.
Although the sophomore utility faced a minor rib cage problem and midseason slump, Bobby Boser has found his groove once again since the start of conference play.
In the last four games, Boser has five home runs along with eight RBI. After a hot streak at the plate in the span of a week, he was named to the AAC weekly honor roll alongside Cebert.
Boser has also acquired hits in his last ten games played, dating back to April 1 against UCF. In his 33 games played, he now records the fifth best average on the team with a .321 batting and is second on the team with eight homers. He also leads the batting order with a 1.054 OPS.
‘Bobby Bombs’ wasn’t the only Bull dropping bombs this weekend, with junior outfielder Drew Brutcher finding his spark of power at the plate as he once produced his two seasons before.
Brutcher homered once in every game against Houston during the three game slate, driving in four Bulls. After the series, he now has six home runs this season, with his last three being against Maryland (Feb. 19), Florida (Feb. 22) and Central Florida (April 1).
Before the start of the season, Brutcher was named to the 2023 Preseason All-AAC team, the 2023 Bobby Bragan National Collegiate Slugger Award Watch List and the No. 1 Draft Prospect in the AAC by D1Baseball.com.
Now, the outfielder is third best among the Bulls in batting average with a .324, and has put up eight doubles and 25 RBI.
Redshirt junior outfielder/first baseman Daniel Cantu has been one of the most consistent bats in the lineup this season, being one of the two players that has started and played every game this season.
Cantu marked a career-high nine home runs over the weekend and matched his previous season’s 36 RBI on Sunday. His five RBI and Saturday moonshot allowed Cantu to mark these achievements.
As his numbers fluctuate, he now is first on the team in hits, doubles, homers and RBI and second in batting average and OPS. He also extended his hit streak to 19 games after logging four hits against Houston.
This group of athletes have assisted the Bulls and have led the team to success over the last slate of games. If the group continues its triumphant stretch, USF will be in a good position to add more wins to its record through the remainder of the conference slate.