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Who is Texas facing in the Austin Super Regional? Well…
- Head Coach: Billy Mohl (Tulane ’07)
- Record: 31-28, 14-14 American
- Batting average: .264
- Home runs: 55
- On-base percentage: .357
- Slugging: .401
- Runs: 315
- ERA: 4.04
- WHIP: 1.32
- Fielding percentage: .968
USF used a combination of Dylan Burns, Collin Sullivan, and Jack Jasiak on the weekends this weekend during the American’s conference schedule, which put double-headers on back-to-back days. The order switched several times throughout the season, but Burns started game one of the Gainesville regional versus Florida with Sullivan following against the Miami Hurricanes. Burns entered in relief against the Gators and has several relief appearances this season, so he could be a bullpen arm for the Bulls should they need him against the Horns.
- #15 Collin Sullivan: 3-3, 3.69 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 78.0 IP, 86 H, 14 BB, 88 K, .271 opp. BA
- #49 Jack Jasiak: 6-7, 2.89 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 93.1 IP, 73 H, 21 BB, 89 K, .210 opp. BA
- #12 Dylan Burns: 5-5, 4.08 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 75.0 IP, 69 H, 34 BB, 82 K, .249 opp. BA
Two Bulls lead the way out of the bullpen, at least in terms of appearances; Orion Kerkering and Logan Lyle.
- #34 Orion Kerkering: 5-3, 5 SV, 2.28 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 47.1 IP, 38 H, 30 BB, 60 K, .210 opp. BA
- #22 Logan Lyle: 5-1, 4 SV, 2.01 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 44.2 IP, 30 H, 14 BB, 45 K, .186 opp. BA
Overall, only two bats in the Bulls’ lineup look to be a threat versus the Longhorn staff in third baseman Carmine Lane and first baseman Riley Hogan.
- #9 Carmine Lane: .315/.368/.510 (AVG/OBP/SLG), 43 RBI, 11 HR, 44 R, 19 BB
- #32 Riley Hogan: .296/.392/.513, 40 RBI, 12 HR, 40 R, 29 BB
They also have a stolen base threat in #6 Matt Ruiz, who is 8-of-12 on the year. His OBP is .385. Ruiz, Lane, and Hogan are the only USF players with batting averages above .260 and on-base percentages above .380.
The path to the Super Regionals
USF was not a tournament team ahead of their run in Clearwater, Fla. as the May 24 edition of D1Baseball.com’s field of 64 projection did not include the Bulls. Beginning the next day, USF won 4-of-5 to take home the AAC Tournament title and steal a bid out of the mid-major ranks.
They entered the Gainesville regional as the four-seed where they shocked No. 15 Florida with a 5-3 win in the opening game. Hogan and Lane both homered, and a four-pitcher effort limited the Gators to three runs.
The Bulls then shellacked Miami thanks to a five-run fourth inning. Advancing through the winner’s bracket, South Florida faced South Alabama in a Sunday game whose conclusion was pushed to Monday. The Jaguars took game one 4-0 to force a deciding game, but USF took the regional with a 6-4 win. It is the school’s first ever appearance in the Super Regionals in 14 NCAA tournament appearances.
USF is the only four-seed in the round of 16.