CLEARWATER, FL – Rutgers University came into the American Conference Championship having w0n 10 of their last 11 games, including a three game sweep of the University of South Florida earlier this month. Make that 11 of 12 after Rutgers handed USF a 10-o loss in game three of the tournament at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater.
Rutgers plated eight runs on nine hits in the bottom half of the third and Scarlet Knights starter Howie Brey did the rest shutting down the Bulls over seven shutout innings on two hits. He walked one and struck out four.
USF starter Casey Mulholland was chased after 2 1/3 innings, his shortest start of the year, after allowing seven runs, six earned, on seven hits. Lawrence Pardo relieved Mulholland for 1 1/3 innings surrendering two more runs on five hits. Brandon Lawson came on in the fifth gave up one run and Rutgers took a 10-0 lead.
The Scarlet Knights pounded Bulls pitching for 15 hits on the night with Vinny Zarrillo leading the way with 4 for 4 night. Mike Carter , Brian O’Grady, Tom Marcinczyk and R.J. Devish had two hits each.
Seven of the nine starters in the Rutgers lineup had at least one RBI. Eight of the nine scored at least one run.
“We just didn’t have it today , we didn’t hit, in certain spots we didn’t pitch, and we didn’t play good defense, this game will humble you real fast, but we have to put it behind us. Give Rutgers credit they were swinging the bats and played good defense, said USF head coach Lelo Prado.
USF will have to win the next two games to have any chance of reaching the Championship Final. On Friday the Bulls will try to get back on track against Louisville at 3PM