USF Athlete of the Week
Derek Fischer tossed an absolute gem on Saturday afternoon in Russellville, Ark. Making his second start of the season, the staff ace of the Cougars pitched a five-hitter in the series opener and ended up surrendering just one run while guiding USF (4-3) to a 2-1 win. The senior right-hander struck out eight and walked two while throwing 109 pitches (79 strikes). In the bottom of the eighth, Cardinal Sam Morman's two-out RBI double ended a string of 24 consecutive scoreless innings for Fischer against William Jewell. Fischer ended the threat with his eighth and final strikeout and put the Cardinals down 1-2-3 in the ninth after a lead-off hit by pitch to close out the victory, the third of Fischer’s career (3-0) against William Jewell. Fischer owns a 0.60 ERA and has accumulated 10 strikeouts in a team-high 15 innings of work while holding opponents to a .218 hitting clip.