TAMPA — University of South Florida’s Jimmy Herget took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, surrendering a hit to UConn’s Aaron Hill to lead off the inning and the Bulls went on the beat the Huskies 2-1 in the American Conference opener for both teams.
Herget was masterful throughout the night spotting sliders and fastballs at will to keep the UConn hitters in check.
Herget would finish his night pitching 8 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out four and walking four. He threw a career high 125 pitches and allowed one unearned run.
UConn’s Anthony Kay started for the first time this season and went five-plus innings for the Huskies, allowing one run on three hits with five walks and six strikeouts.
Afterwards Herget reflected breifly on his last no-hitter which he said was when he was 15 in travel ball, but acknowledged this night was special.
“Everything was working tonight. Coming off a bad start against FIU, I told coach earlier I was going to come out and pitch angry.” said Herget.
“I didn’t realize it until the sixth or seventh inning when the guys started leaving me alone. I noticed it and then they got the little hit, but no big deal, we got the win,” Herget added
Freshman Daniel Portales drove home the first run of the game with a two out single to right field scoring Luke Maglich who had doubled. UConn was able to tie the game in the top of the sixth after an errant pickoff attempt at second base by Herget allowed Huskies centerfielder Jack Sundberg to advance to third.
A ground ball by Vinny Sienna scored Sundberg and the game remained tied until the Bulls half of the seventh.
Kyle Teaf lead off the inning with a double an advanced to third on a bunt by Nik Alfonso. Maglich then ripped a line drive sacrifice fly to center field to score Teaf.
A noticeably pleased USF head Coach Lelo Prado was proud of his teams effort.
” We practiced hard all week, Kyle Teaf made two big league plays at the end, but Jimmy Herget was pretty special tonight,” said Prado. “When he locates the ball like that he is pretty tough.”
The two teams meet in game two of the series on Saturday at USF Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled at 6 PM.