USF Baseball Set For Home Opener vs. Penn State

TAMPA, FEB. 20, 2014 – After a change in the schedule last weekend forced USF to hit the road to Jacksonville, the Bulls are set to host Penn State in a three-game series beginning tomorrow, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the USF Baseball Stadium.

Penn State comes into the weekend with a 2-1 record after opening the season with a three-game tilt versus Gardner-Webb in Boiling Spring, N.C.  Weather also played a factor in the Nittany Lions schedule as they played a doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 16 before playing a single game on Monday.  Penn State took games one and three to win the series but needed extra innings in the series finale to bring home the W.

Ryan Richter (4-for-9, one run, two RBIs) and James Coates (3-for-8, four runs) pace the offense for the Nittany Lions.  Jack Anderson picked up both wins for Penn State out of the bullpen tossing three innings without allowing an earned run.

The Baseball team will be hosting their adopted team captain, nine-year old Nick Wolf, on Sunday as part of the Wolf Pirate Takeover.  Nick was diagnosed on May 30, 2011 with Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor, a rare brain tumor usually appearing in children and young adults under 25 years of age.  Nick will go through a series of tasks throughout the game along with his brother to find the lost treasure.

Several pirates will be in attendance including several members of the Pittsburgh Pirates and several Gasparilla Krewes which include: Crewe of Bobbie C. Davis, Krewe of De Soto, The Bonney-Read Krewe, Ye Loyal Krewe of Samuel Bellamy, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, Krewe of the Nautilus and Sirens of The Golden Sabre.  Nick and Scott will also be assisting Mr. Bones with several magic tricks.

• USF has begun the season with four consecutive victories for the first time since 2007
• Soph’s Jimmy Herget & Luke Maglich were both named to The American Weekly Honor Roll this week
• USF has outscored their opponents 30-7 on the season including holding 3 opponents to just 1 run
• The 30 runs scored thru 4 games is most since ‘07 when they scored 32 runs thru 4 games
• USF’s pitching staff has given up only four earned runs to post a 1.00 ERA thru 4 games
• USF’s 19 hits vs. UNF are the most by an American Athletic Conference team this season and was the most UNF allowed since May 10, 2010
• Jimmy Herget’s 7 IP vs. Liberty is tied for most by a pitcher within The American

The Bulls will travel to Stetson on Wednesday, February 26 to take on the Hatters in a non-conference match with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.  It is the final road game before USF plays 13 straight home ballgames.

SOURCE: USF Athletics