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  1. The redshirt freshman showed off why the hype around him was worth it. USF dropped game two of their opening three-game series with Iowa 4-2 Saturday afternoon. Iowa hit three home runs, capped by the game-winning two-run shot by freshman Kyle Crowl in the top of the ninth off senior RHP Michael Farley. “They did a better job against off-speed pitches than we did today and we left some pitches up [in the zone],” head coach Mark Kingston said. “They take big swings and look to drive the ball and they did it three times today.” The game, originally scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start, was pushed up to noon to avoid the rain, but it wasn’t enough. The rain came and created a two-hour, 41-minute rain delay before the start of the 7th inning. It was an incredible debut for LHP Shane McClanahan, who missed all of 2016 due to preseason Tommy John surgery. The redshirt freshman pumped in fastball after fastball in the mid-90s, topping out at 96 MPH. He struck out eight straight Hawkeyes, with five of them looking. He struck out the side in the second and third inning. “I thought he was good, I’d like to see him go deeper. We had a pitch count and we took him out. Part of that is trying to protect him ,” Kingston said. “I think nine strikeouts in four innings kinda speaks for itself.” Through four innings McClanahan stat line: 4IP, 1H, 0ER, 2BB, 9K, 73 pitches, 66% strikes. — The Daily Stampede (@StampedeSBN) February 18, 2017 “I felt pretty good. I threw a lot of pitches tonight in four innings and I definitely got to work on that,” McClanahan said. SS Kevin Merrell got things going for the Bulls in the home half of the first with a blistering triple to left-center field. DH Luke Borders brought Merrell home with an RBI groundout for the first score of the game. Hawkeyes starter RHP C.J. Eldrod settled into a groove after that, pitching all six innings before the rain delay. He allowed just three hits and struck out four. Bulls RHP Ryan Valdes, also coming back from Tommy John surgery, came on in relief of McClanahan in the fifth inning and retired the side. Back out for the sixth, the Hawkeyes struck for two solo home runs from SS Mason McCoy and 1B Jake Adams to take a 2-0 lead. Sophomore 1B Joe Genord tied things up at two with a home run down the left field line off Hawkeyes reliever RHP Cole McDonald after the rain delay. Farley came on for the Bulls after the rain delay to toss a scoreless seventh and eighth before giving up the homer to Crowl. Valdes is still scheduled to be the starter on Tuesday at FSU, today was a “Bullpen Day” for the senior. The Bulls will look to win the series on Sunday at noon. RHP Peter Strzelecki (who also missed the 2016 season after Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to pitch for the Bulls. The Hawkeyes will counter with RHP Shane Ritter (3-1 last year with a 2.00 ERA). Notables: USF backup QB Brett Kean was on hand to watch his best friend pitch for the first time, and sent out possibly the best tweet from a player ever: Good luck to my day 1 getting his first college start today! Love ya Bro! Ball out! #GoBurrs #GoPuppies pic.twitter.com/klEWUgOHLN — Brett Kean (@bkeanqb4) February 18, 2017 Not only are they best friends, Kean is McClanahan’s biggest fan: Asked @ShaneMc9 who the bigger fan was between his parents or @USFFootball backup QB @bkeanqb4. He says "Brett. 100%" — Nathan Bond (@BullsNathanSBN) February 18, 2017 View the full article
  2. NEW ORLEANS — It didn’t matter what University of South Florida interim coach Murray Bartow tried, the Bulls could not find the answer, Saturday afternoon inside the historic Devlin Fieldhouse at the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the shadow of downtown New Orleans. Tulane University started the Mardi-Gras celebration early with a convincing 94-71, win against the University of South Florida that keeps the Bulls firmly locked in the cellar of the American Athletic Conference. The Green Wave provided plenty of offense that the Bulls could not contain with their defense, as six Green Wave players finished the game in double figures including the blistering shooting of the Green Wave’s guard Melvin Frazier. Bartow and his crew watched as Frazier shot an incredible 10-of-11 from the floor, that is shooting 90 percent. Frazier ended the afternoon with 27 points, three rebounds and the only blemish of the day is that Frazier made five turnovers. There were plenty of other contributors for the Green Wave against the Bulls. Cameron Reynolds added 17 points, Ryan Smith threw in 12 points for good measure, Ray Ona Embo and Kain Harris both scored 11 points and ending the scoring parade for the Green Waves, Malik Morgan scored 10 points. Tulane University found the way to the basket a journey without any complication and when the game was over there was a brief memorial ceremony for the nets that were burned to a complete crisp. Tulane University basketball coach Mike Dunleavy had to wash the ash and soot off him after the game. The Green Wave shot an incredible 66 percent for the game, in fact they did not shoot under 60 percent for the entire game. Tulane University made 12 three-pointers, including seven in the first half. “It’s frustrating! It is a game of shooting percentages and usually the team that shoots better wins,” Bartow said. “They shot 66 percent a lot better than we did.” It is not that Bulls shot all that badly, they finished the game shooting a respectable 42 percent from the floor but 42 percent is not larger than 66 percent. USF junior guard Geno Thorpe led the Bulls with 22 points but it was forward Luis Santos that had a perfect game shooting 7-of-7 from the floor and then he made two trips to the free throw line and made them both and finishing the game with his sixth game in double figures. “Luis gave heart and soul,” Bartow said about Santos after the game. “He has a mean streak in him when he is on the court. He was fantastic.” Helping Thorpe and Santos, starting power forward Tulio Da Silva did his best to keep the Bulls a float against the Green Waves he scored the first eight points for the Bulls and finished the game with 17 points, nine rebounds. The road trip continues for the University of South Florida, Thursday night Feb. 23 as the Bulls head for a show down against Tulsa University inside the David W. Reynolds Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Bartow will be hoping that his team can put this one against Tulane University way behind them, know that not every team can shoot 66 percent against them every night and someday the answers are easier to find. View the full article
  3. Literally the worst in the American. And like ever. The Bulls were annihilated by the Tulane Green Wave today, 94-71. Well, we knew today’s game wasn’t exactly going to be pretty -- presumably on both sides of the court. Going in to the matchup, the two worst teams in the American Athletic Conference had only combined for two league wins. Tulane had lost the last nine straight games, and USF was averaging 16 turnovers a game … having tried 14 different starting lineups. So there’s all that. Freshman forward Tulio Da Silva scored the first eight points for USF, hitting 4-of-5 from the field. At the first media timeout, he was the only Bull on the board, as USF trailed Tulane 12-8. Sophomore forward Luis Santos joined Da Silva on the board with two points off a jumper. Then The Green Wave went on a 12-0 run over five minutes before junior guard Geno Thorpe hit a three-pointer to end the drought and cut the lead to 24-13. Tulane promptly went on another run, this time 6-0 over nearly three minutes. For the worst three-point shooting team in the conference, Tulane hit three on the Bulls in the first 10 minutes of play – shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. At halftime the Green Wave held a 44-26 advantage and grabbed a new season high for points in the first half. Sigh. Da Silva led the Bulls with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Positive point: Santos shot a perfect 100 percent on the half (3-of-3). USF finished with a 40 percent efficiency from the field and committed 14 turnovers. Tulane opened with another three-pointer, and Thorpe responded with a layup. He followed up with a steal for another layup, AND a jumper for six quick points … but less than four minutes into the half, he picked up his fourth foul. Which was pretty disheartening because a player averaging 19 points a game is something USF can NOT ever lose with that much time left to play. Thorpe out, Junior guard Jake Bodway in. Cue a Bodway missed jumper and a turnover. Bodway out, ice cold sophomore guard Troy Holston in. That was quick. With 14 minutes to play, the Green Wave took their largest lead of the season at 60-38. Haaaaaaaaa. Tulane shot 67% from the field today, the best anyone’s done against USF since they started keeping track of those things. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Halfway through the second, Santos was still perfect from the field, and grabbed a career-high 16 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the field, and 2-for-2 from the line. At this point he also led the Bulls in scoring. OKAY, BIG FELLA. WE SEE YOU. Despite Santos’ perfect shooting and a team-high 22 points from Thorpe, Tulane easily closed out their second win in the American (their first was also against the Bulls, lol) with a 94-71 victory. It was the most points they scored all year, and the first time they had six players in double figures. *rolls eyes* USF will travel to Tulsa on Thursday for an 8:00 p.m. tipoff. At least they should be able to actually stay in Tulsa. Because of the NBA All-Star Game this weekend (it was moved before the league schedule came out), USF couldn’t get a hotel anywhere near New Orleans. Good job with the schedule, American Athletic Conference! View the full article
  4. RECAP: Redshirt freshman Shane McClanahan fanned nine in four innings of work as the Bulls fell to Iowa, 4-2, Saturday afternoon. View the full article
  5. RECAP: A trio of Bulls started in the top 20, while USF is tied for eighth after 36 holes of the SunTrust Gator Invitational on Saturday. View the full article
  6. RECAP: The USF softball team went 2-0 to improve to 6-3 overall after a doubleheader in Clearwater. View the full article
  7. The Bulls received a significant -- and speedy -- late addition to their 2017 recruiting class when Auburndale High ATH Chauncy Smart signed a letter of intent. One of the nation's top sprinters, Smart (5-foot-8, 160 pounds) announced via social media on Saturday he'll play football and run track for the Bulls. In a follow-up message … View the full article
  8. The Bulls started the 2017 campaign with some late-game heroics. USF baseball looked all but beat as they entered the bottom half of the eighth inning in their season-opening matchup against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Starting pitcher Nick Gallagher had retired 14 straight hitters, but suddenly the floodgates opened. At the end of the inning, the Bulls had scored nine times and went on to win 9-4. “I think we stayed with it [going into the eighth inning],” head coach Mark Kingston said. “The big thing I thought about going into that inning was that guy had really good stuff but we only had four or five strikeouts up to that point. That is one of the things that we have made progress on.” Gallagher cruised through most of the game with pinpoint control and a good slider that kept Bulls hitters off balance. After David Villar walked to start the 8th inning, Iowa head coach Rick Heller pulled went to RHP Zach Daniels and it all fell apart. Daniels gave up four runs on three hits and two walks, punctuated by a two-run triple by senior DH Luke Borders. Borders tried for an inside-the-park home run but was tagged out at home. Senior RHP Josh Martching replaced Daniels and fared no better, allowing four more runs. Sophomore Cameron Montgomery gave the Bulls the lead for good with a two-run double to right to give the Bulls a 5-4 lead. “I think summer ball helped a lot. I’m a lot more confident this year and I feel like a different player to be honest,” Montgomery said. Six of the nine Bulls runs in the inning came with two outs. USF senior RHP Phoenix Sanders pitched five innings, giving up two runs while striking out eight on 90 pitches. “[Sanders] was great. What was great to see is that he matched up with a Friday night starter, and last year maybe that’s a game we would’ve lost. But I thought Phoenix was great. He kept them off balance enough and kept us in the game,” Kingston said. Junior Duke Stunkel, Jr. made his debut in center field and made an incredible diving catch in the 7th inning. He also went 1-for-3 with a walk at the plate. T7 | Iowa scores one run, but Stunkel makes a diving catch to end the inning! Bulls look to get on the board in the bottom half. pic.twitter.com/cngWIBYCbt — USF Baseball (@USFBaseball) February 18, 2017 The Bulls will continue their three-game series at noon with LHP Shane McClanahan getting the start. Kingston said the freshman will be on a pitch count, as will Peter Strzelecki and Ryan Valdes as they all return from Tommy John surgery. Notables: RHP’s Joe Cavallaro (2 IP, 3 K’s Friday) and Michael Farley will be “co-setup men” while LHP Andrew Perez will be the closer. Frehsman RHP D.J. Roberts made his collegiate debut. He pitched the 8th inning, gave up two walks, a hit, and a run, but managed to get out of his own jam with a double-play ball. View the full article
  9. PREVIEW: The No. 22 University of South Florida women's basketball team squares off against No. 25 Temple Sunday at Sun Dome Arena. In a crucial contest in American Athletic Conference standings, both teams could all but clinch the no. two seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. View the full article
  10. On the eve of what could be a nasty storm front in Tampa, USF brandished the art of storming back. Handcuffed most of the night by Iowa right-handed starter Nick Gallagher, the Bulls exploded for nine eighth-inning runs off two Hawkeyes relievers in a 9-4 romp before a USF Baseball Stadium opening-night crowd of 1,113. View the full article
  11. RECAP: The USF women's tennis dropped their match to LSU (6-1). View the full article
  12. RECAP: The USF softball team split a doubleheader, defeating Binghamton before falling to James Madison. View the full article
  13. RECAP: Sophomore forward Luis Santos set a new career high with 16 points off the bench in USF's road loss at Tulane. View the full article