USF Baseball’s Record Season Highs And Lows

USF Baseball team’s season came to an end over the weekend when they were eliminated from the Gainesville Regional with a 6-3 loss to Bethune-Cookman.

It was a historic year for the Bulls (42-19) who finished the year with the most wins since 1996. The year started off with a bang when USF upset No. 4 FSU in Tallahassee. It was the Bulls first win over the ‘Noles since 1989.

“I think it builds on what we’re trying to do,” Bulls coach Mark Kingston said to the Tampa Bay Times following that win back in February. “I would compare it to a couple of years ago when we got the big win against Cal-State Fullerton (in the 2015 opener). It was something we were able to draw confidence from the rest of the way.”

The win came while the Bulls were on the program’s second longest winning streak of 19 games and finally entered the top-25 in the Baseball America and D1 Baseball polls for the first time since 2013.

USF’s winning streak came to an end at the hands of No. 15 FGCU. At a lower point of the season, the Bulls drop a couple of conference series before the postseason.

The Bulls fell to the UCF Knights in the American Athletic Conference Tourny before earning the No. 2 seed for the Gainesville Regional. USF opened the NCAA Tournament with a win over Bethune-Cookman but fell to them on Sunday ending the season.

Photo: USF Athletics

More High Points Of The Season:

  • USF led the country in strikeouts per nine innings for almost three-straight months
  • In USF’s loss to Bethune-Cookman, they tallied ten hits, which was the 31st game with double-digit base knocks this year
  • The pitching staff had a program record for strikeouts in a season with 620 this year
  • Kevin Merrell ranked inside the top-20 nationally with a .391 average. Luke Borders finished with a career-best .340 average and 53 RBI.
Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.