USF shuts out No. 11 ECU, 7-0

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Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 6:24 PM EDT
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TAMPA, Fla. (ECU) – Jack Jasiak tossed seven shutout innings and Daniel Cantu hit a three-run home run lifting USF to a 7-0 win over No. 11 East Carolina Friday afternoon at USF Baseball Stadium in American Athletic Conference action.

With the win the Bulls improve to 23-26 overall (13-14 AAC) while the Pirates fall to 38-12 (20-7).

Cantu’s fifth home run highlighted the Bulls four-run first inning and USF never looked back. With the bases loaded, Jake Sullivan plated the first run scoring Carmine Lane. After a Matt Ruiz strikeout, Cantu took a 2-1 offering from Carson Whisenhunt to right-center for a 4-0 lead.

Jasiak (5-7) earned the win allowing just two hits, walked one and struck out three over his seven innings of scoreless work. Orion Kerkering toss the final two frames with a pair of punch outs and one hit.

Whisenhunt (5-1) suffered his first loss of the year giving up five runs (all earned) on six hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts in five innings. From there, the Pirates used five arms out of the bullpen in Landon Ginn (1.0 IP), Carter Spivey (0.1 IP, 2 Rs), Nick Logusch (0.0 IP, 1 BB), A.J. Wilson (0.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 Ks) and CJ Boyd (1.0 IP, 2 Hs).

The Bulls added a tun in the fifth when Roberto Pena grounded into a double play scoring Lane, and then two more in the seventh on Lane’s RBI single and when Ruiz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded capping the scoring at 7-0.

Lane led all hitters going 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored, while Cantu had the knockout blow early in his three-run homer in the initial stanza.

The Pirates tallied just three hits in the contest getting one each from Zach Agnos , Ben Newton and Bryson Worrell. Connor Norby saw his nation-leading and school record on-base streak end at 56 games after not reaching in the contest.

ECU and USF will close out the regular season on Saturday, May 22 with a 1 p.m. (ET) scheduled first pitch that will be streamed on ESPN+.

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