TAMPA — Levi Borders drove in six runs and Casey Mulholland struck out 10 over eight shutout innings to lead the USF Bulls over East Carolina 10-0 at USF Baseball Stadium. USF (24-11-1) extended its home winning streak to 14 games and improved to 7-1 in American Athletic Conference.
Kevin Merrell singled home Kyle Teaf in the first who led off the inning with a double after a nifty eight pitch at bat. Levi Borders followed with a two run home run to left center field, his sixth of the season and the Bulls had a 3-0 lead.
From that point USF never looked back scoring four more runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth.
Borders ended his night with three hits, including the home run and three doubles with two runs scored. His team leading batting average is now .328
Mulholland scattered seven hits in his eight innings of work. He didn’t walk a batter and threw 81 of his 117 pitches for strikes.
“Coach Mohl, (USF pitching coach) and I have been talking about just trusting my stuff and just going out and pitching”, said Mulholland. “And not thinking too much.”
Evan Kruczynski took the loss for East Carolina, surrendering seven runs in four innings of work on 10 hits.
The two teams get together for game three of the weekend series, with the first pitch scheduled for 11 AM.
With two tonight Kevin Merrell now has 11 bunt base hits. He ended the night with three hits and raised his batting average to .306 on the year.
USF collected 14 hits against Pirate pitching.
USF continues to build a post season resume and rank #19 in the RPI. More details on that coming soon.