USF (9 inch)
HOUSTON – Houston were unable to work together offensively, only scoring two goals in a 4-0 loss to USF in the first of two competitions on Sunday afternoon from Don Sanders Field at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
The result spoiled a strong start for Houston starter Ben Sears (1-3). The right-hander, who threw a career height of 106 pitches, allowed three runs (two of which were earned) with four hits while walking a pair and striking five. Houston fell to 14-20 overall and 2-9 in the AAC game in loss.
The Bulls (15-18, 5-6 AAC) chased Sears in seventh, adding Andy Belcik, the new reliever with two failures and two runs. UCF starter Collin Sullivan (2-1) threw a full game, allowing two hits while he scored seven alongside a step.
Sullivan knocked out eight Houston Batters the first time and didn’t allow his first hit until Brad Burckel hit a brace into the center right in the third. The hit was Burckel’s fourth of the weekend.
The Bulls used three consecutive hits, including an RBI single by Jake Sullivan, to start scoring in the second. Two innings later, Daniel Cantu hit a Houston mistake and came home two batters later with a Sullivan sacrificial fly.
Houston right fielder Steven Rivas added his sixth stolen base in as many attempts this season. Tyler Bielamowicz scored his fourth goal of the weekend, a double in the fourth.
The teams close the four-game series at 12:45 p.m. Houston will send right-hander Carter Henry (0-2, 5.16 ERA) up the hill against the cops. The competition can be seen on ESPN + and heard on Stretch Live with Jeremy Branham.
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