Ospreys capitalize on Bulls miscues in impressive home win

Drew McDonald, Sports Editor

The UNF Baseball team rattled the Bulls early in the game and rode that wave throughout the full nine innings for a 7-2 win.

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Junior David Maberry awaits the pitch.

Junior Tanner Murphy got the Ospreys offense going early as he lined a double to left to score one in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead. Senior Jay Prather and Murphy scored on a USF fielding error to extend the lead to 3-0 to close out the first inning.

The Ospreys continued to mess with the Bulls but didn’t get the horns as Senior Chris Berry drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the fourth to plate a runner for a 4-0 lead and Murphy later scored on a wild pitch to pad the lead to 5-0. Junior Austin Hurwitz scored on yet another wild pitch in the same inning as the Ospreys were up, 6-0.

There was miniscule support from the USF hitters as they chipped in two runs in the sixth and seventh inning to put the Ospreys lead at 6-2.

The final nail in the coffin was Prather crossing home plate in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch for a 7-2 lead to cement the UNF win.

Senior Trace Norkus had a solid outing with four scoreless innings of two-hit ball and five punchouts.

Worth Noting

Three of the Ospreys runs were scored on wild pitches.

Prather and Murphy each recorded three hits in the win.

Redshirt-Junior Hunter Bowling earned his first win of the season on two innings of one-run ball in relief with three strikeouts.

The Ospreys improve their record to 14-9 on the year and the Bulls loss drops them to 11-8. UNF begins their first series of conference play as they take on Florida Gulf Coast University at home on Friday, March 22 at 6:05 p.m.

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