The Sports Corner: Busy weekend on the diamonds

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Here is latest Sports Corner blog and probably the last in its current state. I will have another blog later today to explain it all, but for now, here is the latest from all of the sports team I cover/follow along. 

USF softball

On Friday night, the Bulls won 4 to 3 in 8 innings over Memphis, pushing their record to 27-21 (6-6) on the season. Kristen Wyckoff went 4 for 4 with a double, a triple, and scored 2 runs. Lauren Evans went 2 for 4 with a run scored while AnaMarie Bruni went for 2 for 4 with a 2-run triple in the 8th to win the game. Hannah Parker (8-5) went 7.1 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs, walking 2, and struck out 4. Cheyenne Eggens went two thirds, allowing a walk and struck out one to end the game.

On Saturday, the Bulls rolled to victory, 6 to 1, moving their record to 28-21 (7-6) on the year. Kristen Wyckoff went 1 for 3 with a run scored while Bethaney Keen was 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Astin Donovan went 2 for 4 with an RBI and scored 2 runs while Lindsey Devitt went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Cheyenne Eggens (8-6) went 5.2 innings, allowing 2 hits, and struck out 2 batters in a solid start.

On Sunday, the Bulls completed the sweep, winning 4 to 2 to move to 29-21 (8-6). Astin Donovan went 1 for 3 with a run scored. Bethaney Keen went 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored a run while Morgan Gross was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Hannah Parker went (9-5) went 4.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, walking one, and struck out 3. Cheyenne Eggens (S 3) went the last 2.1 innings, striking out 3 batters to close out the game.

On Thursday, the Bulls will take on FGCU for a double header, first pitch coming at 5 PM for game number one.

USF baseball

On Friday night, the Bulls won 4 to 2 over Memphis, pushing USF to 31-7 (6-4) on the year. Luke Borders was 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs while Tyler Dietrich wetn 2 for 3 with a solo home run. Garrett Zech went 2 for 4 with an RBI double and scored a run. Phoenix Sanders (6-1) went 5.1 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 run, and struck out 7 while Andrew Perez (S 6) went 1.1 innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 3 to close out the game for the good guys.

After being rained out on Saturday, the Bulls and Tigers played two games on Sunday, with USF winning 11 to 6 in the first game to move to 32-7 (7-4) (game was 7 innings). Luke Borders went 3 for 5 with an RBI and scored a run. Chris Chatfield went 3 for 3 with a home run and drove in 5 runs total. Garrett Zech went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Shane McCallahan walked a batter and allowed a run before leaving the game with a lower back injury (No Kevin Merrell for this game either). Ryan Valdes (8-0) went 4 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run, walked, 2 and struck out 8, taking over and doing well to help take over.

In the second game, the Bulls fell 5 to 1, dropping their overall record to 32-8 (7-5) on the year. Luke Borders went 1 for 3 with a solo home run, counting for the only run of the game for the Bulls. Cameron Montgomery went 2 for 4 (no Kevin Merrell in this double header for some reason, nothing was reported). Peter Strzelecki (1-2) went 5.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, while striking out 6 batters.

The Bulls return home to face Stetson on Wednesday night (game begins at 6:30 PM).

Tampa Bay Rays

On Friday night, the Rays lost 6 to 3, dropping their record to 9-9 on the year to Houston. Corey Dickerson, Evan Longoria, and Logan Morrison all hit solo home runs to account for all the offense for the Rays. In the 7th, Kevin Kiermaier left the game due to illness, scaring the crap out of all the fans. Alex Cobb (1-2) went 6 innings, allowing 9 hits, 4 runs, walking 1, and struck out 7. Jumbo Diaz went 2 solid innings, but Danny Farquhar went 1 inning, allowing 2 hits and 2 runs as Houston took the late edge.

On Saturday, the Rays rallied late to win 6 to 3, moving to 10-9, but Xavier Cedeno was placed on the DL for what could be months and after the game, Marc Topkin reported Tommy Hunter was on crutches, so it just gets worse for the bullpen. Evan Longoria was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs in the game while Tim Beckham went 3 for 4 with a triple, drove in a run, and scored 2 more. Corey Dickerson was 2 for 5 with a run scored while Steven Souza Jr. was 2 for 4 and scored a run. Blake Snell (ND) went 5 innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 runs, walking 5 and struck out 4. His command continues to be a huge issue for the club and he has to get it figured out. Austin Pruitt (2-0) went 2.1 innings, striking out two to get the win. Alex Colome got his 4th save of the year.

On Sunday, the Rays fell 6 to 4 in 10 innings as a late inning error hurt the Rays late after leading 4 to 0 to start (now 10-10 on the year). Steven Souza Jr. was 1 for 4 with a 2-run home run (4th of the year). Brad Miller was 2 for 3 with an RBI, scored a run, and drew 2 walks. Shane Peterson went 1 for 3 and scored a run. Matt Andriese (ND) went 5 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, walking 2 and striking out 4. Alex Colome blew the game after going 2 innings (allowing a run) and Ryan Garton, just called up from Durham, took the loss, going the last inning, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs (some things just don’t change).

The Rays will take on Baltimore on Monday night as they hit the road. Chris Archer (2-0) will take the mound for the first pitch (game begins at 7:05 PM).

Durham Bulls

After being rained out on Friday night, the Bulls were able to complete their first game of the weekend on Saturday, beating Louisville 6 to 2, moving to 10-5 on the year. Willy Adames went 3 for 5 with a double, drove in 3 runs, and scored 2 more. Jake Bauers went 2 for 4 and scored 2 runs. Yoel Espinal (1-0) went 1.2 innings in relief, allowing 3 walks while striking out 2 batters.

In the second game on Saturday (7 innings), Durham won 7 to 1, moving them to 11-5. Curt Casali went 2 for 3 with a double, drove in a run, and scored 2 more runs. Dayron Varona went 2 for 3 with a double, drove in 2 runs, and scored 2 runs. Jacob Faria (2-0) went 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, walking 5 batters and struck out 6. The walks were not good, but he is now 2-0, so that is good.

On Sunday, Durham lost 4 to 3 to Louisville in 13 innings, dropping their record to 11-6 on the year. Willy Adames was 1 for 5 with an RBI. Patrick Leonard went 2 for 6 with an RBI and scored a run while Mike Marjama went 2 for 6. The best pitching performance was from Ryne Stanek in this game, going 2 innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out one batter.

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