TAMPA — The University of South Florida extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 12-6 win over visiting Jacksonville University Tuesday night at USF Baseball Stadium. After a weekend sweep of Toledo the win gives the Bulls a record of 11-1 for the 2017 season and 10 wins in a row.
Ryan Valdes got the start for USF and delivered five shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven. He walked one and threw 67 pitches, 42 for strikes.
Nathan Disch took the loss for Jacksonville surrendering with 10 runs on six hits, four walks, and three strikeouts.
“Tough night for the Dolphins,” said Jacksonville Head Coach Chris Hayes. “You know Disch can throw much better than what he showed tonight; it just wasn’t a good night for him, but we wanted to make sure that he did get his work in. I was proud of all the guys that got an opportunity here tonight. They competed and showed some will throughout the game.”
Valdes is coming off an injury from last year is now 2-0 in 2017. USF Pitching Coach Bill Mohl was more than pleased with his outing.
“He just needs to find his stride. We thought about shutting him down after the fourth, but he came to me and said he needed some reps. When he is throwing three pitches for strikes and he has some down angle on his fastball, he’s tough to hit.”
The Bulls had 15 hits in the game, a season high. Luke Borders, Chris Chatfield, Garrett Zech and Joe Genord each had two hits for USF. Genord clubbed his second home run of the season, a two run blast in the fourth.
After Sunday’s win USF Head Coach Mark Kingston said, “Our offense, I think, will continue to improve, but right now we are a pitching and defense team”.
After tonights outburst, as it turns out, Kingston might have known something others did not.
The 12 runs matches the season high for runs scored in a game for 2017. The Bulls were 12-4 over Toledo on Saturday.
USF comes right back to play Villanova on Wednesday in another midweek game. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM. D.J Roberts is scheduled to pitch for the Bulls.
Ryan Valdes continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery and will be a key component to the Bulls success in 2017. Displaying a veteran like presence Valdes was in complete command tonight.
Chris Chatfield destroyed two baseballs tonight, one that hit the right center field wall and another to the left centerfield wall. A memorial service is scheduled for those two baseballs.
Every position player played tonight for USF, including catcher Jordan Santos and infielder Nick Cerelli who singled to right field in his first at bat as a Bull.
Joe Genord hit a ball on Saturday that dented the right center field wall to snap a bit of a slow start for this season. He has looked like a different hitter since then. Credit USF Assistant Coach Mike Current and Genord for putting in the work in the video room, and at batting practice for the improvement.
Genord is a run producer for this team and I don’t think I’m taking any chances saying that it what he will be when its all said and done this season. He had three RBI tonight.
I received a number of messages during the game asking if the Bulls could be a Top 25 ranked team next week. My answer was just keep winning and those kinds of thongs take care of themselves. This is a good baseball team and is worthy of your support.