TAMPA — USF freshman Joe Cavallaro pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out five, in his first start of the season, and the Bulls offense backed up the outing with three runs to beat High Point University 3-0 in the series finale between the teams at USF Baseball Stadium.
Michael Farley pitched the eight, and Tommy Peterson came on in the ninth to record the save, his third of the season.
If Cavallaro was nervous about his first collegiate start, it didn’t show, throwing just eight pitches to get through the first inning and 83 overall in his seven innings of work. Cavallaro threw 55 of those pitches for strikes and seemed comfortable with starting. For the season Cavallaro has now thrown 16 1/3 innings, with a 2-0 record and a 0.55 ERA. He has 14 strikeouts.
“Whatever the coaches tell me to do, I’m going to do it, I like to start,” said Cavallaro. ” I’m happy that the first start went well.”
“He threw three pitches for strikes, he got ahead of hitters, and he let the defense work behind him. He has a smaller role and earned a bigger role and we were hoping he could master that role, he obviously did that today,” said USF head Coach Mark Kingston. “He did a great job and that wasn’t a bad team he threw against”.
High Point head coach Craig Cozart concurred.
“Their starter was just better than us today. I have to give that guy a lot of credit, he pitched at us and got them deep into the game so they could give the ball to their best two arms in the bullpen.” said Cozart
The Bulls got the scoring started in the second inning when Luke Maglich doubled to deep right center and scored on a triple off the bat of Luke Borders. Borders scored when Daniel Portales grounded out to shortstop and USF was up 2-0.
The Bulls added a big insurance run in the seventh after Luke Borders doubled and advanced to third on a ground out. Luke Borders finished his day with two hits , two runs scored and and RBI.
Zac Gilcrease launched a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Luke Borders for a 3-0 lead. From there it was up to Farley and Peterson and each delivered.
Most coaches will tell you in pre-game chats what they hope for on a given day. Coach Kingston didn’t miss this one by much. This was the kind of game the Bulls need to play in order to be consistent winners in 2015.
A much cleaner game defensively, and solid starting pitching gave the opportunity to win the game. Despite just five hits the Bulls hit the ball hard most of the day, sometimes right at High Point fielders.
USF travels to Tallahassee next for a two game series with FSU. Both games start at 4PM.