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  1. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qoJ5ck Bulls Fall in Elimination Game to Knights CLEARWATER, Fla., MAY, 26, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team was eliminated from the American Athletic Conference Championships Friday with a 12-0 loss to UCF. The fourth-seeded Bulls (41-17) and top-seeded Knights (40-19) were locked in a pitcher’s duel through 5.0 innings. But UCF loaded the bases for a second time with one out in the sixth and a double scored a pair. After making it 3-0, a two-run homer extended the lead to 5-0 which ultimately turned into a 7-0 edge after the frame. UCF added two in the seventh and three in the ninth to advance to the semifinals on Saturday. Notables - Redshirt-Junior Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) went 5.1 innings, allowing six hits and four runs, one being earned. He struck out five batters. - After working out of a bases loaded jam in the first and sitting at 57 pitches through 1.2 innings, he went on to record the next 11 outs using just 34 pitches. - Coco Montes (Miami) hit his 13th double of the season and Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) went 1-for-3. Quotable Kingston on Peter Strzelecki’s outing: “He was just fine. It was a 0-0 ballgame after five innings and it looked as if we would have another really good USF-UCF game, but things just got away from us.” Kingston on his team moving forward: “We’re in reset mode now. We’ll have two complete days off and be ready to get back after it starting Monday, because that’s when the real season starts with regionals next week.” Up Next USF awaits its NCAA fate with the regional selection show looming. The 16 regional hosts will be unveiled Sunday night beginning at 8:30 p.m.The regionals will be filled Monday afternoon starting at noon ET on ESPN2.
  2. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2s1ppff Bulls Fall to ECU in 2nd Round of AAC Tourney By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer CLEARWATER, Fla., MAY, 25, 2017 – USF nearly punched its ticket to the American Athletic Conference Championship semifinals for the first time on Thursday night. Fourth-seeded USF took a two-run lead into the ninth inning of a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to No. 8 seed East Carolina in the second round at Spectrum Field. USF (41-16) now turns its attention to an elimination game against rival UCF on Friday afternoon. ECU's comeback spoiled a stellar night at the plate for senior Luke Borders, who drove in two of his three total runs in the sixth inning to give the Bulls a 5-3 lead. After rallying past Tulane, 7-6, on Tuesday night, USF flipped the script by jumping out to an early lead against the Pirates (31-27). Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) hit an RBI groundout that plated leadoff man Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) in the midst of a 24-pitch first inning for ECU starter Trey Benton. ECU tied things up in the bottom half of the first before Chris Chatfield showcased his power for the second straight game. The sophomore from Riverview, Fla., put USF back ahead with a solo shot to right field in the fourth. Chatfield's monster three-run homer to center field started the scoring for the Bulls on Tuesday night. USF's bats heated back up during a three-run sixth inning that swung the lead back into the Bulls' favor. Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) tied the game at 3-3 with an RBI double down the left field line. USF's two-out rally continued with Borders' two-run single to left-center on a 3-2 count. Pinch hitter Kirk Morgan drove in the winning run with a bunt single to cap off a three-run ninth for ECU, which handed top-seeded UCF a 14-3 loss in the opening round. Notables - USF was 32-0 this season when leading after eight innings prior to Thursday night. - Starter Shane McClanahan hit 98 mph on the radar gun numerous times in his first inning back on the mound since May 12 at UConn. The redshirt freshman left-hander from Cape Coral, Fla., gave up two unearned runs and a hit in 3.2 innings. - McClanahan became the second Bull to record 100 strikeouts this season, joining Phoenix Sanders (102). McClanahan struck out five and now has the team lead with 104. Jon Alexander owns the single-season program record with 130 in 1986. - Duke Stunkel Jr.'s team-leading 16th double of the season tied the game at 3-3 during USF's three-run sixth inning. Key Stats - Kevin Merrell raised his season average to .394 by going 2-for-4. USF's speedy leadoff man also scored two runs. - All-conference DH Luke Borders went 1-for-3 with three RBIs and a pair of walks. Quotable Head coach Mark Kingston's thoughts on his team after the tough loss: “I told them I think they're if not the best team in the league, they're really close. We lost a heartbreaker tonight. That last inning was pretty tough for a lot of different reasons, it is what it is. We'll bounce back, we'll be just fine.” Kingston on the Bulls' overall performance: “We played extremely well. We hit well tonight, we played great defense, we pitched really, really well. The ninth inning, we just had some crazy things happen to us out of our control, so we're going to have to deal with it.” Kingston on starter Shane McClanahan's return from an injury: “Shane, it's been about a week and a half or two that he hasn't pitched, so it just took him a little time to settle in. Once he settled in, I thought he was really good. His velocity was up to 98 again, so the great thing to see is he was healthy.” Up Next USF will try to secure Kingston's 100th win with the program at 3:00 p.m. Friday against rival UCF. Tickets can be purchased at the Spectrum Field box office or by calling 727-467-4457. Fans out of town can catch the game online on the American Digital Network.
  3. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qlv4eP Bulls Face Pirates In Winners Bracket Thursday Matchup: USF (41-15, 15-10 The American) vs. ECU (30-27, 13-11 The American) Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Clearwater, Fla., | Spectrum Field Follow: Stats | Listen | Watch TAMPA, MAY 24, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team looks to advance to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Championships when it takes on East Carolina Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on AM 1040 and will be aired live on The American Digital Network. Tickets to the tournament can be purchased at the Spectrum Field box office or by calling 727-467-4457. The fourth-seeded Bulls got by fifth-seeded Tulane with a come-from-behind 7-6 win. USF trailed 3-0 and 6-3 at one point before scoring the final four runs, including two in the eighth. Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) had the game-tying double in the eighth then scored the winning run later in the frame. Series History The Bulls and Pirates met from May 5-7. USF swept ECU in the final home series of the season to take a 7-5 edge in the all-time series in Tampa. The Bulls are riding a six-game winning streak against the Pirates. The two sides met in the first game of last year’s American Athletic Conference Championship, where USF won 4-2. Notables · The Bulls have won at least one game in the conference tournament in each of the last six seasons, having made it to the Big East Championship game in 2011. · Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with two runs in the win Tuesday. · Sophomore David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. He hit his seventh homer of the season. Classmate Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) hit a three-run blast in the fourth, his sixth of the year. · USF is now 32-0 when leading after the eighth inning this season and 19-8 in games decided by two runs or less. It has also won 18 games when trailing after the sixth inning. · Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) leads the team with a 2.48 ERA and went 8.1 innings allowing just three hits and one earned run against ECU on May 7. He struck out a career-high 10 batters in the win. · Redshirt-freshman Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) will start Thursday against the Pirates. He leads the team and conference with 12.67 strikeouts per nine innings. · The Bulls’ pitching staff entered the tournament still atop the country in strikeouts per nine innings and inside the top-10 in team ERA, hits allowed per nine innings and WHIP. · USF set the single season program record for most strikeouts in a season on May 18 at UCF with 547. The team currently sits at 582 on the year. · USF is seeking its first conference tournament title since 1995. · Sophomore Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) went 6-for-8 in two games vs. the Pirates earlier in the month with five RBI and was named conference Player of the Week for his efforts. Scouting Report – East Carolina The Pirates mashed their way to a 14-3 win over top-seeded UCF on Tuesday night. They clubbed 15 hits led by a 3-for-5 effort from Tyler Watkins, who had two runs and two RBI as well. He holds the team-lead with a .349 average. Charlie Yorgen went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI and is second on the squad with a .341 average along with third baseman Eric Tyler. Trey Benton will start for the Pirates Thursday. He holds a 3-4 record and a 4.26 ERA in 13 starts. He leads the team with 70 strikeouts and has just 18 walks.
  4. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qat6yu Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Coach Gregory Completes First Signing Class with Three Grad Transfers The Bulls add Terrence Samuel and Payton Banks from Penn State and Stephan Jiggetts of Fairleigh Dickinson TAMPA, MAY 24, 2017 – In the final step of his first recruiting class, University of South Florida head men's basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff announced the signing of three graduate transfers to financial aid agreements on Wednesday. From Penn State, the Bulls will be adding 6-foot-3 guard Terrence Samuel and 6-foot-6 wing Payton Banks from Penn State. USF also signed Stephan (pronounced STEPH-on) Jiggetts, a 6-foot-1 guard from Farleigh Dickinson University. All three student-athletes will be able to compete for USF in the 2017-18 season and have one year of eligibility remaining. “I'm very happy to have Terrence, Payton and Stephan join our program,” said Gregory. “They are true student-athletes, who have graduated and earned their degrees in four years. They have had tremendous personal and collective success as players, winning championships and competing in postseason tournaments. Now, they are ready to make a positive impact here at USF and provide some important veteran stability. With all the opportunities they had in the recruiting process, their enthusiasm and desire to be a part of our new era at USF was both inspiring and refreshing.” From Brooklyn, N.Y., Samuel averaged four points and three rebounds per game for Penn State last season. He netted a career-high 16 points against Colgate (11/23) and appeared in 28 of the team's 33 games. Samuel shot 44 percent in Big Ten conference action. “Terrence is a highly competitive and versatile guard who has proven his ability to impact a game on both ends of the court,” added Gregory. “He has the size, strength and toughness to be very effective at both guard spots, creating scoring opportunities for himself and others.” Samuel sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He began his collegiate career at UConn, where he was a part of the Huskies' program during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Samuel appeared in 56 games, making seven starts. He was a member of the 2013-14 NCAA champion UConn men's basketball team,scoring 11 points in the semifinal game over Villanova (3/22). A native of Orange, Calif., Banks has made 44 starts over three years for the Nittany Lions. He averaged 10 points per game last season, sinking 36 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. In 2016-17, Banks converted 73 three-pointers and made 82 percent of his free throw attempts. “Payton impacts our program in such a positive way due to his versatility on the perimeter,” said Gregory. “Obviously, he is an exceptional three-point shooter, but his versatility and scoring acumen will also be of benefit in our system.” Banks redshirted his initial season at Penn State in 2013-14 before appearing in 29 games the following year. He made 31 starts as a sophomore during the 2014-15 campaign, averaging nine points and four rebounds per game. From Forestville, Md., Jiggetts was named All-Northeast Conference in 2016-17, when he averaged 13 points, four assists and three rebounds per game. He posted a team-high 125 assists, shot 31 percent from beyond the arc and tallied a triple-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Lipscomb (11/19). “Stephan brings the guard skills that were so important for us in this recruiting class,” added Gregory. “His tremendous physical and mental toughness, along with his skill package allows him to influence the game in transition, half-court sets, and by both scoring and creating scoring opportunities.” Jiggetts averaged 11 points per game in his sophomore season at FDU and notched another 98 assists, helping guide the Knights to the 2016 Northeast Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Banks, Jiggetts and Samuel will join fellow commits Justin Brown, David Collins , TJ Lang , Laquincy Rideau, Nikola Scekic and Alexis Yetna in Coach Gregory's first signing class at USF. Class of 2017 Signees Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl.-Exp. Hometown [High School/Previous School] Payton Banks F 6-6 223 Gr.-TR Orange, Calif. [Penn State] Justin Brown G/F 6-6 210 Fr.-HS Birmingham, Ala. [Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)] David Collins G 6-3 200 Fr.-HS Youngstown, Ohio [First Love Christian Academy (Pa.)] Stephan Jiggetts G 6-1 195 Gr.-TR Forestville, Md. [Fairleigh Dickinson] TJ Lang* G 6-7 210 Sr.-TR Mobile, Ala. [Auburn] Laquincy Rideau* G 6-1 210 Jr.-TR West Palm Beach, Fla. [Gardner-Webb] Terrence Samuel G 6-3 208 Gr.-TR Brooklyn, N.Y. [Penn State] Nikola Scekic C 7-2 250 Jr.-TR Belgrade, Serbia [Hutchinson CC (Kan.)] Alexis Yetna F 6-8 220 Fr.-HS Baltimore, Md. [Putnam Science Academy (Conn.)] *Sitting out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA Transfer Rules* About USF Men's Basketball
  5. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qQhaTO Bulls Open American Tourney Tuesday vs. Tulane Matchup: USF (40-15, 14-10 The American) vs. Tulane (27-29, 13-11 The American) Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Clearwater, Fla., | Spectrum Field Follow: Stats | Listen | Watch TAMPA, MAY 22, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team opens the American Athletic Conference Tournament Tuesday against fifth-seeded Tulane at 3:30 p.m. Each USF game of the double-elimination tourney can be heard on AM 1040 and Tuesday’s action will be aired live on CBS Sports Network. Tickets to the tournament can be purchased at the Spectrum Field box office or by calling 727-467-4457. The fourth-seeded Bulls finished the regular season tied for third in the league with UConn, who owned the tiebreaker. USF saw five players earn all-conference recognitions on Monday. Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) and junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) were named to The American first team, while senior Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.), junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) were named to the second team. The Bulls lost the final War on I-4 series over the weekend in Orlando to the top-seeded Knights, but took the opening game in 11 innings for the year’s 40th win. It marks the first time since 1996 that the Bulls have won at least 40 games in the regular season. Series History The Bulls and Green Wave battled in the opening series of conference play from March 31 – April 2. Tulane took two of three, but each game was decided by two runs or less. Key Stats / Notables · The Bulls have won at least one game in the conference tournament in each of the last five seasons, having made it to the Big East Championship game in 2011. · The Bulls’ pitching staff continues to lead the country in strikeouts per nine innings (10.4). The staff ranks ninth in hits allowed per nine innings and 10th in team ERA. · USF set the single season program record for most strikeouts in a season on Thursday with 547. The team currently sits at 572 on the year. · The USF offense leads the conference with a .387 on base percentage and sits second with a .291 average. · Merrell finished the regular season with a league-best .387 average. · Borders finished with 44 runs and 50 RBI to rank inside the top-10 in the league. He hit .400 against Tulane to start conference play. · Stunkel Jr. finished with 14 RBI and Strzlelecki enters the tourney with a team-low 2.48 ERA. · Sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) hit .400 with a double and two homers in the opening series vs. the Green Wave. He drove in five runs. · USF is seeking its first conference tournament title since 1995. · The Bulls will throw Sanders against the Green Wave on Tuesday. Sanders has logged 7.0 innings in consecutive starts and finished the regular season with 99 strikeouts. Scouting Report – Tulane The Green Wave enter the tourney as the fifth seed following a 27-29 season and 13-11 mark in conference. The team is paced offensively by American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, senior first baseman Hunter Williams. Williams hit .357 with 10 homers and 40 RBI. Junior outfielder Grant Brown hit .322 and was named to the second team. Lex Kaplan hit .301 with 16 doubles and 41 runs scored. Corey Merrill will start Tuesday’s game. Merrill finished the year 6-5 with a 4.88 ERA and 65 strikeouts.
  6. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qU1lvc Bulls Rally Past Tulane to Open Conference Tourney By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer CLEARWATER, Fla., MAY 23, 2017 – Powered by a two-run eighth inning, fourth-seeded USF rallied past fifth-seeded Tulane, 7-6, in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference Championship at Spectrum Field. Duke Stunkel Jr. tied things up in the pivotal eighth frame with an RBI double and came around to score the winning run on a Tulane fielding error. USF (41-15) initially built confidence at the plate with a three-run homer by Chris Chatfield in the fourth inning. David Villar hit a solo homer an inning later and went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and walks. Tulane (27-30) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning with a two-out rally that started with a close play at first base. Grant Witherspoon just beat the throw on an infield single that scored Grant Brown. On batter later, Hunter Hope hit a two-run homer over the left field wall. USF showcased some power of its own in the bottom of the fourth and tied the game up in the process. Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) launched a three-run homer that landed well over the 401-foot sign in center field. Trailing, 6-3, in the fifth frame, USF's power surge continued with a solo homer in line-drive fashion to left field off the bat of Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.). One inning later, Villar was back at it with a two-out RBI single to center field that cut the Bulls' deficit to 6-5. Stunkel denied Tulane's Hope of extra bases with a leaping catch at center field wall in the sixth and provided more heroics in the eighth. Stunkel's team-leading 15th double scored Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) from first before Stunkel tallied the winning run from third with one out. USF's bullpen came through in the clutch with Andrew Perez (Miami) striking out three in two scoreless innings. Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) closed the door on Tulane by stranding two runners in the ninth inning of his fifth save of the season. Notables - USF improved to 32-0 this season when leading after eight innings. The Bulls are 19-8 in games decided by two runs or fewer. - The Bulls have won at least one conference tournament game in each of the last six seasons. - Starter Phoenix Sanders recorded his 100th strikeout of the season to cap off a 1-2-3 first inning. Sanders now leads the team with 102 strikeouts. USF's pitching staff added to its single-season program strikeout record that's up to 582. - Sanders gave up three runs on five hits in four innings. The right-hander exited the game shortly after a ball deflected off his pitching hand on the play that gave Tulane a 1-0 lead. “We don't think it's anything serious,” head coach Mark Kingston said. “We'll probably know a little bit more tomorrow, but it was a combination of let's not push it, let's not take any chances with the postseason the following weeks as well. It seemed like the right time.” - USF posted its fifth multi-homer game of the season. The Bulls hit two homers in a game for the third time this season. Quotables Head coach Mark Kingston on how the game unfolded for the Bulls: “It was two really good teams that were able to take advantage of the conditions. The wind was blowing out hard today, so you saw a lot of homers from both teams. I just thought at the end, we got one more big hit.” Kingston on the importance of starting the tournament with a win: “It's hard to win at the end if you don't start successfully. In a tournament like this, getting off on a good foot is paramount. You're still only going to be as good as your next game, so we'll catch our breath tomorrow and come out the next day ready to go.” Kingston on Chris Chatfield's three-run homer that tied the game up in the fourth inning: “I think that was a ball that he just timed well and he got the barrel to where that ball was cutting. It went a long way, no doubt about it, and I thought that sparked us. That kind of gave us a little confidence that we could potentially get those guys.” Duke Stunkel on the key to success during the pivotal, two-run eighth inning that put USF ahead: “I think it was just stringing our hits together. Throughout the game, we were getting some hits… We were just stringing them together when it mattered, which is huge because we weren't able to do that early on.” Key Stats - Andrew Perez improved to 6-2 after striking out the side in the eighth and scattering two hits in two scoreless innings. Perez lowered his season ERA to 1.78. - USF recorded four of its 10 total strikeouts in the final two innings to seal the win. - Leadoff man Kevin Merrell went 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Catcher Andres Leal collected two of USF's 10 total hits. Up Next USF has yet to decide on a starting pitcher for Thursday's 7 p.m. game against the East Carolina-UCF winner on Tuesday night. Tickets can be purchased at the Spectrum Field box office or by calling 727-467-4457.
  7. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2rJhLa0 FIVE BULLS NAMED TO ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS Four earned selections for the first time TAMPA, MAY 22, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team saw five players earn All-American Athletic Conference honors, the league offices announced Monday afternoon. Seniors Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.), juniors Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) and Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and redshirt-junior Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) were all selected. Merrell is the only previous honoree, as the other four earn nods for the first time in their careers. The junior shortstop, Merrell makes his second-consecutive appearance on the first team after leading the Bulls and the conference with a .387 average during the regular season. He scored 43 runs, hit 10 doubles, four triples, six homers and drove in 35 runs. The speedster also led the Bulls with 18 swipes. A four-year member of the USF baseball program, Borders earns his first all-conference recognition on the heels of his best season. The designated hitter batted a career-best .344 and led the team with 44 runs and 50 RBI, numbers that ranked fifth and third in the league, respectively. Borders clubbed 11 doubles and seven home runs. In just his second season with the Bulls, the righty Sanders led the pitching staff with 14 starts, opening every weekend series on the mound. Sanders posted a 2.83 ERA and struck out 99 men in 86.0 innings of work. He posted a 5-2 record as a starter, surrendered just 22 walks and is in line to pitch the conference tournament opener on Tuesday. Stunkel Jr. receives his first all-conference honor after a regular season that saw him hit .343 with 32 runs scored and a team-leading 14 doubles. The switch-hitting outfielder tallied 19 RBI and did not commit an error this season. In his first full season as a Bull, Strzelecki earns a second-team nod behind a stellar late season performance. The redshirt-junior held a team-low 2.48 ERA with 57 strikeouts. He owns the two longest outings by a USF pitcher this season, having tossed 8.1 innings against ECU on May 7 and a complete-game shutout at UConn on May 13. The fourth-seeded Bulls open up the conference tournament at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla. on Tuesday at 3:30 against No. 5 seeded Tulane.
  8. RUFF NAMED TO RIMINGTON WATCH LIST May 22, 2017 By USF Senior center started every game for record-setting USF offense in 2016 TAMPA, MAY 22, 2017 – USF senior center Cameron Ruff (Tampa, Fla.) has been named to the 2017 Rimington Trophy Watch List, which recognizes the top centers in college football. Ruff is the first Bull named to a national award watch list as USF prepares for a 2017 season that kicks off Sat., Aug. 26 at San Jose State. Eight Bulls were named to 13 national awards watch lists during the 2016 season. Ruff was among seven American Athletic Conference players named to the watch list. The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Ruff started all 13 games at center in 2016 an earned the team's Offensive Lineman of the Year award. He helped the USF offense set school records with 77 touchdowns, 47 rushing touchdowns (second in the FBS), 3,714 rushing yards and 6,650 yards of total offense, while ranking in the top 20 in the nation in sacks allowed (1.15). Behind Ruff and the Bulls offensive line, USF extend its nation-leading streak of 30-plus point games to 17 as Ruff helped pave the way for USF to finish the season ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense (285.3 ypg), fourth in scoring offense (43.8 ppg) and 11th in total offense (511.5 ypg). The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.9 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $130 million for the fight against the progressive, genetic disease. Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-American center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com - #GoBulls -
  9. TAMPA, MAY 18, 2017 – University of South Florida women's basketball head coach Jose Fernandez announced the addition of Jesyka Burks-Wiley as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bulls on Thursday. “I am excited for the opportunity of joining a staff with a tradition of excellence,” said Burks-Wiley. “Not many programs can say they've made 13 postseason appearances in the last 14 years. I'm honored that a staff of this caliber asked me to join their staff, it's hard to turn down.” USF will be Burks-Wiley's fifth stop in her coaching career, as the former professional forward has spent time at Nebraska-Omaha, UMass-Lowell, Brown and Boston College. The Bulls will make use of Burks-Wiley's ability to evaluate talent and recruit, as well as her on-court instruction and strong knowledge of the game. “Outside of recruiting,” added Burks-Wiley, “I'm looking forward to skill development for the forwards. We have some really great players, including Freshman of the Year Tamara Henshaw, that I look forward to mentoring.” Burks-Wiley comes to Tampa after one season in the ACC at Boston College. Prior to her stop at BC, the former America East Player of the Year spent two seasons at Brown as an assistant coach and Director of Player Development. While at Brown, Burks-Wiley worked closely with the Ivy League's unanimous Rookie of the Year, Shayna Mehta, whom she recruited from San Francisco. Rest of article
  10. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2q7Qhsy Bulls Fall to Knights in Finale, 3-2 ORLANDO, FLA., MAY 20, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team dropped the regular-season finale to UCF, 3-2, Saturday in Orlando. The Bulls (40-15, 14-10 The American) hit three singles up the middle in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. But the Knights (38-18, 15-9 The American) struck twice in the bottom half to take a 2-1 edge. After UCF added one more in the third, pitching settled down for both sides until USF finally got to freshman Joseph Sheridan in the seventh. The Bulls put two men aboard with one out, then a Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) grounder to first was thrown to second for the force, but went wide and into left field. Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) scored to make it 3-2 with one out and two on. A double steal was applied by the Bulls and executed, but Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) was called for batters interferenc, moving the runners back and giving the Bulls their second out. A strikeout immediately ensued to end the threat. UCF was able to hold off the Bulls in the final two innings to clinch a share of the regular-season title in The American and the top seed in next week’s tournament. Key Stats Redshirt-junior Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) tossed 4.2 allowing five hits and three runs. Sophomore Andrew Perez (Orlando) tossed the final 3.1 innings of three-hit ball, struck out four and did not allow a walk. Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) and sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) each went 2-for-4. Merrell had a run and a RBI. Notables The Bulls finish the regular season fourth in The American. There was a four-way tie for first entering Saturday. Houston and UCF both won, giving the league co-champions. But the Knights owned the tiebreaker and will be the top seed in the tourney. UConn lost as well and are tied with the Bulls, but own the tiebreaker and will be the third seed. Tulane, Cincinnati, Memphis and ECU are seeds 5-through-8, respectively. Up Next The Bulls begin their quest for their first conference tournament title since 1995 when they open up the league’s tourney in Clearwater against the Green Wave, Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.
  11. ORLANDO, FLA., MAY 18, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team scored four runs in the top of the 11th to take game one of this weekend's War on I-4 series at UCF, 7-4. Notables The Bulls (40-13, 14-8 The American) have sole possession of first place in The American by virtue of Houston's loss to Cincy. USF can clinch the regular-season title with a win tomorrow and a loss by UConn. USF reached the 40-win mark for the first time since 1996. The Bulls set the program record for strikeouts in a single season their third strikeout of the game. They sit at 556 on the year. The Bulls are now 5-2 in extra innings this season and have defeated the Knights (36-18, 13-9 The American) four-straight times this year. All seven of USF's runs were scored with two outs. A strong opening two innings from the both pitchers was halted momentarily in the third when the Knights scored twice with two outs on a double from Kyle Marsh. The Bulls tied the contest with a Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) homer to left with a man at second in the top of the eighth. David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) led off the top of the ninth with a walk, then three batters later Coco Montes (Miami) drove him home from second with a single to give USF its first lead, 3-2. But the Knights led off the bottom half with a homer to right to tie the game. As the game moved into the 11th, USF took advantage of pitches out of the zone and a run was walked in with the bases loaded to make it 4-3. With two outs, junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) had a bases clearing double to make it 7-3. Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) closed the door in the bottom half. Key Stats Merrell went 3-for-6 with a run and three RBI. Stunkel Jr. went 2-for-5, as the homer was his first of the year. The bottom five in the USF lineup all scored a run. Senior Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.) had another quality outing, going 7.0 innings allowing six hits and the two runs in the third. He struck out four. Cavallaro was booked for two runs on two hits, but struck out seven in 3.1 innings and picked up his fifth win of the year. Up Next The Bulls try to make it a perfect 5-0 against UCF and clinch the regular-season crown in game two of this weekend's series, Friday at 6:30 p.m. http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=211600124
  12. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2rg7sga War On I-4 Hits Orlando For Season’s Finale Series Matchup: USF (39-13, 13-8 The American) at UCF (36-17, 13-8 The American) Date: Thursday-Saturday, May 18-20, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. | 6:30 p.m. | 1:00 p.m. Location: Orlando, Fla., | UCF Baseball Complex (3,600) Follow: Stats | Listen | Watch (Thursday-Friday / Saturday) TAMPA, MAY 17, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team and the University of Central Florida conclude the regular season with a three-game set in Orlando beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The games can be heard on AM 1040. Thursday and Friday’s games can be watched on UCFKnights.tv and Saturday’s game is being aired live on CBS Sports Network. What’s At Stake? · There is a logjam atop The American standings, as USF, Houston and UCF are all 13-8. The Bulls own the tiebreaker over both the Knights (3-0) and Cougars (2-1). · The Bulls control their own destiny and will finish no worse than second heading into the conference tournament by taking two of three this weekend. A sweep will ensure a regular-season title. The Bulls dropped an offensive battle at Jacksonville on Tuesday night, 11-9. USF tallied 13 hits and five doubles, as it erased a 6-2 deficit and made it 11-9 with the tying runs at the plate twice after falling behind 11-6. Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) went 3-for-4 with two runs, two doubles and two RBI. Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) and sophomores David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Coco Montes (Miami) and Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) each had two hits. The quartet combined for four runs and four RBI. Series History The Bulls and Knights will meet for the 128th time Thursday night. USF swept UCF in Tampa from April 7-9, just the third series sweep of at least three games in the history of the series. The Bulls now lead the all-time series, 68-59, and own the edge in Tampa, 42-25. The Knights hold a 33-22 advantage in Orlando. Key Stats · The Bulls’ pitching staff continues to lead the country in strikeouts per nine innings (10.5). The staff ranks sixth in hits allowed per nine innings, seventh in WHIP and seventh in team ERA. · The USF offense leads the conference with a .298 team average, a .395 on base percentage and sits second with a .439 slugging percentage. · Borders hit .429 in the sweep of the Knights with a double, triple, homer, five runs and two RBI. · Sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) hit .400 with a double and two RBI, as six Bulls hit over .330. · Junior reliever Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) logged 5.1 scoreless innings of four-hit ball, struck out 10 and did not surrender a walk in two appearances against UCF that weekend. Notables · The Bulls were ranked No 25 according to Baseball America and USA Today as of Monday and check in at No. 21 in RPI. · USF tied the program record for most strikeouts in a single season with the year’s 544th K Tuesday at Jacksonville. · With one more win, the Bulls will become the first team in program history to reach 40 victories since the 1996 squad. · Merrell remains atop the league with a .390 average to sit 18th in the nation. · The Bulls will throw their usual weekend rotation of righty Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.) on Thursday, lefty Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) on Friday and righty Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) on Saturday. Scouting Report – UCF The Knights enter the season’s final series led by its pitching staff that is first in the league with a 2.84 ERA. Righty Robby Howell will get the start Thursday with his 3.36 ERA and 74 strikeouts. Righty Chris Williams will make the start Fridaysporting a 3.05 ERA in 59.0 innings and lefty freshman Joseph Sheridan will start Saturday with his 3.46 ERA and 56 strikeouts. The bullpen continues to be led by senior righty Trent Thompson and sophomore lefty Bryce Tucker. Thompson has a 1.29 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 17 appearances and Tucker has a 1.15 ERA in 24 appearances with 50 strikeouts. The offense that leads the conference in scoring is paced by senior outfielder Eli Putnam, hitting .335 with 44 runs, 15 doubles and 36 RBI. Anthony George is hitting .319 in 38 games played and Luke Hamblin is batting .304 with 44 runs and 32 RBI. Redshirt sophomore infielder Kyle Marsh is hitting .301, sits second on the team with 44 RBI and leads the squad with 16 doubles. Freshman Rylan Thomas is hitting .299 with a team-leading 12 homers and 46 RBI.
  13. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2pUV2Wn Bulls Outlasted by Dolphins in Slugfest, 11-9 JACKSONVILLE, FLA., MAY 16, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team dropped the final midweek game of the regular season in an offensive battle Tuesday at Jacksonville, 11-9. In the Bulls’ (39-13, 13-8 The American) second-straight high-scoring midweek game, they found themselves down 3-0 after the second. USF got two back in the fourth before the Dolphins (31-21, 14-4 ASUN) added three in the bottom half to make it 6-2. But the Bulls got right back into the game with a four-run fifth to tie the score behind a pair of two-run doubles from senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) and sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.). Jacksonville answered with five in the bottom half of the fifth to take an 11-6 edge. USF began to settle down on the mound, holding the hosts scoreless over the final three innings. The Bulls plated three more runs but could not find a lead and fell to the Dolphins in the slugfest. Key Stats All nine USF hitters reached base and either scored or drove in a run. Borders went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI. Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) and sophomores David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Coco Montes (Miami) and Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) each had two hits. The quartet combined for four runs and four RBI. The Bulls had five doubles in the game. Notables USF clubbed double-digit hits for the 29th time this season. Redshirt-senior Ryan Valdes (Tampa) tossed the final inning, striking out a pair. His second strikeout marked USF’s 12th of the game and the season’s 544th, tying the program record for most in a single season. Up Next The Bulls finish the regular season with a three-game series at UCF beginning Thursday at 6:30.
  14. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qxI8Cr No. 23 Bulls Trek North For Series With UConn Matchup: USF (38-10, 12-6 The American) at UConn (24-20, 10-8 The American) Date: Friday-Saturday, May 12-13, 2017 Time: 11:00 a.m. (DH) | 1:00 p.m. Location: Storrs, Conn. | J.O. Christian Field (2,000) Follow: Stats | Listen | Watch TAMPA, MAY 11, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team will play a three-game series at UConn beginning Friday at 11:00 a.m. The games can be heard on AM 1040 and watched live on UConnHuskies.com. Due to inclement weather expected in the New England area for Sunday, the series was adjusted. The teams will play a doubleheader Friday and the series finale will be Saturday. Both games Friday will be nine innings. The Bulls had one of their biggest wins of the season Tuesday night in Gainesville, as they knocked off the No. 5 Gators 15-10. USF plated its season-high 15 runs behind 13 hits and a season-high 17 walks. Of the 13 hits, eight were extra-base knocks. The Bulls held two-separate 10-run leads. It snapped a six-game losing streak to Florida and, added with the Feb. 21 victory at Florida State, makes this season the first in USF’s history in which it defeated both in-state foes on the road. Series History The Bulls and Huskies have met 33 times since 2009 dating back to their years as Big East rivals. The sides will play games 54, 55 and 56 of the series this weekend. USF holds a 29-24 edge in the series. Scouting Report – UConn The Huskies enter the weekend with a .261 team average led by junior infielder Willy Yahn, hitting .318 with 29 runs, seven doubles and 17 RBI. Sophomore catcher Zac Susi is hitting .302 with 21 runs, nine doubles and 35 RBI. Freshman infielder Anthony Prato is batting .292 with a team-leading 39 runs scored. Junior outfielder Isaac Feldstein is hitting .266 with a team-high 14 doubles, six homers and 37 RBI. UConn’s pitching staff has been its strength this season, as it sits second in the nation behind the Bulls with 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Junior righty Wills Montgomerie will pitch Saturday with his 3.71 ERA and league-leading 97 strikeouts. Sophomore lefty Tim Cate will go in game one Friday with his 3.64 ERA and 76 strikeouts. Cate has logged just 54.1 innings in nine starts and is averaging 12.59 strikeouts per nine innings. Freshman lefty Mason Feole has a 3.36 ERA and 63 strikeouts. He will make his 12th start in game two Friday. Notables · The Bulls were ranked No 23 according to Baseball America and USA Today as of Monday, No. 24 according to D1 Baseball and check in at No. 19 in RPI after Tuesday’s win. · The win over Florida also makes this season the first since 1989 in which USF beat both the Gators and Seminoles. · The Bulls scored 15 runs in Tuesday’s win, the first time they have done so since March 29, 2015. · Eight USF batters recorded at least one hit Tuesday and all eight either scored or drove in a run. · Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) remains atop the league with a .403 average to sit 11th in the nation. · Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) sits second in the league with a .369 average. · The Bulls will throw their usual weekend hurlers in senior Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.), redshirt-freshman Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) and redshirt-junior Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.). Key Stats · The Bulls’ pitching staff leads the country in strikeouts per nine innings (10.6). The staff ranks sixth in hits allowed per nine innings, fifth in WHIP and seventh in team ERA entering the weekend. · The USF offense leads the conference with a .304 team average, a .401 on base percentage and a .448 slugging percentage. · Sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) went 3-for-5 Tuesday with two homers, three runs and four RBI. He now has six hits against the Gators in his two-career meetings. · Classmates Coco Montes (Miami), David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) each had two hits with a combined seven runs. · Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) has faced the Huskies eight times in his career. He hit .385 (5-for-13) with a run and two RBI against UConn last season.
  15. 38-10 now. Needed its own thread. First time we've beaten both UF and FSU in the same season since 1989...first time we've beaten them both on the road in the same year ever! Go Bulls!
  16. Baseball and Women's Soccer post program record APR scores Football team posts program record single-year APR TAMPA, MAY 10, 2017– University of South Florida Athletics saw all 18 of its evaluated programs post a score of 952 or better for the second straight year when the NCAA released its most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) data Wednesday. All of USF's evaluated programs exceeded the NCAA's minimum APR standard score of 930. The American Athletic Conference champion women's tennis program posted a perfect score of 1,000 for the seventh-straight report and joined the women's golf program, which posted a perfect 1,000 for the fourth-consecutive year. Both programs were honored by the NCAA last week with Public Recognition Awards. USF teams have received a total to 18 such honors in the last six reports. All nine USF women's teams earned an APR score of 977 or higher, with softball and women's soccer posting 990 or better. The women's soccer program, under head coach Denise Schilte-Brown, posted a record multi-year APR score of 990, while the baseball program, under head coach Mark Kingston, also posted a record multi-year APR score of 972. USF had great success in its most recent single-year APR scores for 2015-16. The football program posted a record single-year APR score of 990, while seven USF athletic programs recorded a perfect score of 1,000 for the 2015-16 academic year. Those programs included men's golf, which has claimed three straight American Athletic Conference titles, and women's basketball, which has earned three consecutive NCAA Tournament bids. Women's cross country, women's golf, women's tennis, women's track and field and women's volleyball also posted perfect scores for 2015-16. “USF student-athletes continue to achieve in the classroom,” USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “We are pleased with our latest APR scores and the continued work of our fantastic academic services staff and coaches in fulfilling our commitment to the total student-athlete experience. We continue to provide a strong platform from which our student-athletes can achieve their academic goals.” USF has 73 student-athletes slated to earn their degree during spring commencement ceremonies this weekend. Rest of article
  17. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2ponIH2 No. 23 Bulls Battle No. 5 Gators Tuesday in Gainesville Matchup: USF (37-10, 12-6 The American) at Florida (35-13, 16-8 SEC) Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Gainesville, Fla. | Alfred A. McKethan Stadium (5,500) Follow: Stats | Listen | Watch TAMPA, MAY 8, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team begins an eight-game road trip to close out the regular with a matchup against No. 5 Florida, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The game can be heard on AM 1040 and watched live on the SEC Network or on the Watch ESPN app. The Bulls grabbed sole possession of first place in The American thanks to their seventh series sweep of the year, defeating ECU in each of the weekend’s three games. USF’s 37 wins are the most since 2012 with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Sophomore catcher Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his efforts over the weekend. Dietrich hit .750 in the two games he played with three runs and five RBI. Redshirt-junior Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) was named to The American Weekly Honor Roll after a career outing on Sunday. Strzelecki pitched 8.1 innings, surrendered just three hits and one earned run while striking out a career-high 10 batters. Series History Tuesday marks the 85th meeting between the Bulls and Gators. USF last defeated Florida in 2012 - a 5-3 victory in Gainesville - and has defeated the Gators 24 times. Scouting Report – Florida The Gators have won nine-straight games and 15 of their last 17 overall. They sit at 16-8 in the SEC and have been balanced during the winning streak, allowing more than four runs just twice while scoring at least six runs eight times. Florida’s offense is led by sophomore outfielder Nelson Maldonado, who is hitting .318 with 27 runs, six doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI. Junior infielder Christian Hicks is batting .309 with eight doubles, four homers and 23 RBI. Junior catcher JJ Schwartz leads the team with six blasts and 39 RBI. The pitching has been stout, currently sitting second in the SEC and 13th in the nation with a 3.16 ERA. Freshman righty Garrett Milchin will make his second start Tuesday. He has appeared in 16 games primarily out of the bullpen, but has been highly effective. The frosh is 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA and has struck out 17 across 24.1 innings. Notables · The Bulls ranked No 23 according to Baseball America and USA Today as of Monday, No. 24 according to D1 Baseball and check in at No. 23 in RPI. · Tuesday’s game will be the sixth against a ranked opponent for USF this year. The Bulls are 4-1 against ranked competition and defeated then No. 3 Florida State on Feb. 21. · Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) returned to the lineup on Friday after missing six games. He started the ECU series going 0-for-5, but finished 7-for-10 with four runs, a triple, two RBI and his third lead-off homer of the year in game two. · Merrell remains atop the league with a .409 average to sit fourth in the nation. · Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) now sits second in the league with a .368 average. · Freshman D.J. Roberts (Jacksonville) will make his eighth start of the year on Tuesday. Roberts is coming off one of his best starts two weeks ago against Stetson when he logged 4.0 scoreless innings. Key Stats · The Bulls’ pitching staff leads the country in strikeouts per nine innings (10.6). The staff ranks sixth in hits allowed per nine innings, fifth in WHIP and sixth in team ERA entering Tuesday. · The USF offense leads the conference with a .303 team average and a .442 slugging percentage. · Both Merrell and sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) went 3-for-4 against the Gators last season with a RBI apiece. · Senior Mark Savarese (Palm City, Fla.) tossed 2.2 no-hit innings against Florida in 2015 with two strikeouts. · The Bulls have tallied double-digit hits 27 times this season.
  18. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2pu8mAx Offense Erupts as Bulls Stomp out Gators Tuesday USF tallied a season-high 15 runs behind 13 hits and 17 walks GAINESVILLE, MAY 9, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team compiled 13 hits and scored its second-most runs all-time against Florida in Tuesday night’s 15-10 win. The Bulls (38-10, 12-6 The American) have now defeated then No. 3 Florida State and No. 5 Florida this season, marking the first time they have done so in the same year since 1989. USF struck early on a Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) two-run homer. The Gators (35-14, 16-8 SEC) got one back on a solo shot in the second, but the Bulls responded in the next half inning. The visitors scored six runs on four hits to take a commanding 8-1 lead. The advantage got up to as much as 13-3 after the Bulls plated a pair in the sixth and seventh. After USF manufactured its second 10-run lead with two in the ninth, the Gators plated five in the bottom half but the lead was large enough to hold onto. Key Stats Freshman D.J. Roberts (Jacksonville) had his best outing, going 7.0 innings allowing just two earned runs while striking out four. Eight USF hitters had at least one hit with either a run scored or a RBI. The Bulls walked a season-high 17 times and had eight extra-base hits. Genord went 3-for-5 with three runs and four RBI. Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) had just one hit but had three RBI. Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) scored three runs, drove in two runs and walked three times. Sophomores Coco Montes (Miami), David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) each had two hits with a combined seven runs. Notables The win marks the first against the Gators since 2012, snapping a six-game losing streak. It also marks the first time in program history that the Bulls defeated both FSU and Florida on the road in the same season. The 15 runs are the most for the Bulls since March 29, 2015. The Bulls improve to 7-4 on the road and 8-2 in midweek games this season. The Bulls clubbed double-digit hits for the 28th time this year. Up Next USF heads north to play a three-game series at UConn beginning Friday at 3:00 p.m.
  19. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qhAonM Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook USF Men’s Basketball Adds Rideau, Yetna Rideau, a transfer from Gardner-Webb, was named 2017 Big South All-Conference Yetna guided Putnam Science Academy (Conn.) to a 34-win season TAMPA, MAY 8, 2017 – University of South Florida head men's basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff announced two new additions on Monday, signing 6-foot-1 guard Laquincy Rideau to a financial aid agreement and signing 6-foot-8 forward Alexis Yetna to a national letter of intent. A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Rideau is a transfer from Gardner-Webb, where he was the first player in Big South Conference history to post at least 150 rebounds, 150 assists and 100 steals in a single season. Rideau led the Runnin’ Bulldogs with a team-best 14.2 points per game and 171 assists. He was recognized on the All-Big South Conference Second Team and the conference all-tournament team. Rideau will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules but will have two years of eligibility remaining. “Laquincy signifies a very important recruit for our program,” said Gregory. “To recruit and sign players from the state of Florida is a top priority for us. Laquincy represents USF, as we provide a great opportunity for in-state players to reach their goals and objectives. He is a high level guard that can create scoring opportunities for himself and teammates, and also has a firm command of the game. Laquincy will use his redshirt year to continue his impressive development and will make a tremendous impact for us for two seasons.” Born in France, Yetna is completing his postgraduate year at Putnam Science Academy (Conn.), where he guided the team to a 34-win season. Yetna played in the Adidas Gauntlet in April, posting double-double averages of 16 points and 11 rebounds per game. A native of Baltimore, Md., Yetna also represented Team USA in the Adidas Euro Camp in India during the summer of 2016. He will be a freshman with USF in 2017-18. “We are very happy to welcome Alexis Yetna to the Bulls’ basketball family,” said Gregory. “He brings the entire package of what we are looking for from the forward position – athleticism, size, length, explosiveness, and toughness. As an international player, he has been educated at one of the best schools at Putnam Science Academy, and his maturity will allow for an important impact on the program.” Rideau and Yetna join Justin Brown, David Collins ,TJ Lang and Nikola Scekic in Coach Gregory's first signing class at USF.
  20. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qQxZN2 Bulls Honor Seniors, Complete Sweep of ECU Peter Strzelecki pitched 8.1 innings and struck out 10 TAMPA, MAY 7, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team scored five runs in the first inning which was more than enough to complete the sweep over East Carolina with Sunday’s 6-3Senior Day win. All nine Bulls (37-10, 12-6 The American) came to the plate in the first, as they had six hits to jump out to an early lead. The Pirates (24-24, 4-14 The American) got two back in top of the second on a two-run homer to center. But redshirt-junior Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) settled down and put forth the best outing of his career. Strzelecki retired 18 of 19 men at one point and pitched into the ninth. ECU tallied one more in the ninth, but the Bulls allowed nothing more and put the finishing touches on the series. Key Stats Strzelecki struck out a career-high 10 men and pitched 8.1 innings, the first USF pitcher to go longer than 7.0 innings this season. Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) went 2-for-5 with a run and a RBI. Sophomore Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) capped his six-hit weekend with a 3-for-4 afternoon along with a run and two RBI. Classmate Coco Montes (Miami) had two RBI as well. The Bulls tallied 13 hits as a team, as eight starters recorded a hit. Notables USF improves its record against ECU to 11-15, 7-5 in Tampa. The Bulls now have sole possession of first place in The American, as Houston fell in the series finale against UConn. The Bulls finish the home slate 31-6. This marks USF’s seventh series sweep of the season. The Bulls clubbed double-digit hits for the 27th time this year. Up Next USF plays its final eight regular-season games on the road, beginning with No. 7 Florida Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
  21. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2pdadPi FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: May 8, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Henshaw Invited to National Team Trials The American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, Tamara Henshaw, is invited to try out for team USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team. TAMPA, MAY 8, 2017 – Reigning American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Tamara Henshaw has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials May 18-21 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) will join 32 other invitees in Colorado, all vying for a spot on the 12-member team. “Words cannot describe how excited I am for this opportunity,” said Henshaw. “It’s a great honor to be invited to trials and be a part of this great group of athletes.” Six-time defending U19 gold medalists, the United States will look to make it seven gold medals in a row at the July 22-30 event in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy. “These athletes represent the top talent our country has to offer at this age level,” said George Washington University head coach Jennifer Rizzotti, chair of the selection committee. “This is a very versatile group that will give the coaching staff a lot of options. They are all tough competitors, and it is not going to be easy for us to pare it down to the final 12-member team. The committee feels we will be able to select from this group a team that will represent the USA well on and off the court, and these athletes have what it takes to win a seventh-straight gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup.” Of the 23 athletes who recently completed their freshman season in college, 18 earned conference honors, including Henshaw (American), Hittner (Missouri Valley) and Smith (Southeastern), who all were named 2017 Freshman of the Year in their respective leagues. Further, Hebard (Pacific-12), Hittner and Holmes (Big 12) earned all-conference first team honors. FIBA U19 World Cup for Women Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, FIBA changed the names of its age-based world championships in 2005 to reflect the age of eligibility, and recently updated the names of all of its world championships to world cups. The tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA in 2005 modified its calendar and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year. USA women's teams are 73-12 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record. The draw to determine the preliminary round was held Feb. 1. The USA was placed in Group A and will open against Mali on July 22, face China on July 23 and cap the preliminary round against host Italy on July 25. Drawn into Group B were Egypt, Puerto Rico, Russia and Spain; Group C includes Canada, France, Latvia and South Korea; while Group D features Australia, Hungary, Japan and a nation from the Americas to be determined by FIBA at a later date. Brazil claimed bronze at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship to qualify for this summer’s U19 tournament. However, the Brazil Basketball Federation has since been suspended by FIBA. Following the preliminary round, teams will be seeded according to group play, and all participating teams will advance to the July 26 round of 16. Winners will advance to the July 28 medal quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will continue playing out for classification. The medal semifinals will be held July 29, and the gold and bronze medal games are slated for July 30. Notable players to represent the USA at the FIBA U19 World Championship include: Alana Beard (2001), Essence Carson (2005), Tamika Catchings (1997), Bria Hartley (2011), Crystal Langhorne (2005), Jantel Lavender (2007), Lisa Leslie (1989), Rebecca Lobo (1993), Maya Moore (2007), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009), Vickie Orr (1985), Cappie Pondexter (2001), Katie Smith (1993), Dawn Staley (1989), Azurá Stevens (2015), Breanna Stewart (2011 and MVP of the 2013 U19 World Championship), Diana Taurasi (2001), Morgan Tuck (2011 and 2013) and A’ja Wilson (2013 and MVP of the 2015 U19 World Championship). USA Basketball Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety. Connect with USA Basketball on usab.com, facebook.com/usabasketball, twitter.com/usabasketball, instagram.com/usabasketball and youtube.com/therealusabasketball.
  22. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qNIn9r Bulls' Walkoff In the 10th Clinches Series vs. ECU David Villar hit a single to deep right with the bases loaded for the win TAMPA, MAY 6, 2017 – After two runs were scored in the top of the ninth to send things into extra innings, the University of South Florida baseball team walked off in the 10th to earn the series win with Saturday’s 5-4 victory over East Carolina. Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) led off with the game with a home run for the third time this season to give the Bulls (36-10, 11-6 The American) and early edge. USF added to the lead with three more in the fifth to take a 4-0 advantage. Redshirt-freshman Shane McClanahan was dominant through 5.0, before a two-run homer in the sixth made it 4-2. The Pirates (24-23, 4-13 The American) hit two more home runs in the eighth and ninth to tie the game at 4-4. Merrell led off the bottom of the 10th with a triple to right center. Consecutive intentional walks and two outs later, sophomore David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) crushed a ball off the right field fence to give his team the win. Key Stats McClanahan struck out a career-high 13 batters. He tossed 7.0 innings and allowed five hits with just one walk. Merrell matched a career-high with four hits, as he went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. The lead-off blast was his sixth homer of the year. Villar went 2-for-5 with the RBI. Sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) went 2-for-5 with a RBI. Sophomores Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) and Coco Montes (Miami) each went 1-for-4 with a double and a RBI apiece. Junior Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) tossed the last 1.1 innings, struck out two and picked up his third win of the year. Notables USF improves its record against ECU to 10-15, 6-5 in Tampa. McClanahan’s 13 strikeouts were the most for a Bull this season and the most by a USF pitcher since Jimmy Herget did so on May 3, 2014. The Bulls remain in a tie for first in the league with Houston at 11-6. Though USF owns the tiebreaker thanks to last weekend’s series win over the Cougars. This was USF’s fourth walk-off win of the season and it is now 3-1 in extra innings this year. The Bulls are now 15-6 in games decided by one run or less this season. The Bulls clubbed double-digit hits (11) for the 26th time this year. Up Next The Bulls and Pirates wrap up the series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. USF will honor its five-man senior class prior to the game.
  23. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qKM3sd Bottom of the Lineup Shines in Opening Win vs. ECU USF’s 6-through-9 batters combined for eight hits TAMPA, MAY 5, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team shook off an early 3-0 deficit and scored three runs in both the fourth and seventh frame to take game one against East Carolina, 8-6. After adding two in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 3-2, the Bulls (35-10, 10-6 The American) scored three in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. The Pirates (24-22, 4-12 The American) tied the game with a two-run homer in the fifth. But USF tallied four hits in the seventh and again plated three to retake an edge for good. ECU scored in the eighth before the USF bullpen closed the door to give the hosts a series opening win. Key Stats Sophomore Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) led the Bulls with a 3-for-4 day, two runs and three RBI. Redshirt-junior Andres Leal (Tampa) went 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI and sophomore Coco Montes (Miami) went 2-for-4 with a RBI. Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI. He hit his 12th double of the season. Sophomore Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run. Sophomore Andrew Perez (Orlando) logged 2.0 innings, gave up one run but no hits and struck out two, as he earned his fifth win of the year. Junior Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) tossed the final 2.0 innings and earned his fourth save of the season. Notables USF improves its record against ECU to 9-15. But the series is now tied in Tampa, 5-5. The Bulls remain in a tie for first in the league, as UCF and Houston each won tonight. The Bulls clubbed double-digit hits for the 25th time this season. This Cavallaro’s third-straight save. Up Next The Bulls play game two of the season’s final home series Saturday at 6:30 against the Pirates.
  24. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2pLIhih No. 24 Bulls Welcome ECU for Final Home Series Matchup: USF (34-10, 9-6 The American) vs. East Carolina (24-21, 4-11 The American) Date: Friday-Sunday, May 5-7, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. | 6:30 p.m. | 1:00 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | USF Baseball Stadium (3,211) Follow: Stats | Listen | Watch (Friday / Saturday-Sunday) TAMPA, MAY 5, 2017 – The newly ranked Bulls host East Carolina in the season's final home series, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. USF will honor its five-man senior class prior the Sunday's contest. USF will honor its five-man senior class on Sunday. Friday and Sunday’s games can be heard on AM 1040 and Saturday’s game can be heard on AM 820. Friday’s action will be streamed on BullsVision, while Saturday and Sunday’s contests can be watched on Facebook Live. The game can be heard on AM 1040. For tickets, contact the USF Ticket Office at 1-800-Go-Bulls or by go online to USFBullsTix.com. The Bulls propelled inside the top-25 in both the Baseball America and D1 Baseball polls following a series win against then-No 23 Houston over the weekend. USF won the final two games, both of which were in comeback fashion. Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) hit .538 in the series with three runs scored, a triple and a RBI. Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) hit .364 with five RBI and sophomores Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) and David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) also hit .364. Junior Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) earned saves on Saturday and Sunday, tossing a combined 4.1 scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Series History The Pirates hold a 15-8 edge in the all-time series. But the Bulls have won six of the last eight meetings and have earned wins in three-straight meetings. USF defeated the Pirates in the first game of last season’s American Athletic Conference Tournament. Scouting Report – East Carolina The Pirates have won four of the last five conference games after a 0-10 start to league action. The Pirates have been clicking offensively this season, sitting second in The American with a 6.2 runs-per-game average and second in batting average. The offense is paced by senior Eric Tyler, hitting .361 with 31 runs scored, 14 doubles, four homers and 27 RBI. Classmate Charlie Yorgen is hitting .355 with 34 runs, 11 doubles and 30 RBI. Three additional Pirates are hitting over .300, two of which are every day starters. Senior Travis Watkins is hitting .323 with a team-best 35 runs, six home runs and a team-leading 36 RBI. Freshman Spencer Brickhouse is tied for the team lead with seven homers and is batting .307. The arms are led by sophomore righty Chris Holba and freshman lefty Jake Agnos, who hold ERA’s of 2.13 and 2.45, respectively. The two have combined for 22 appearances and 12 starts, each striking out over 40 men. Freshman righty Trey Benton has made a league-high 11 starts and has struck out 62 batters. He will start Saturday, Agnos will start Sunday and senior lefty Evan Kruczynski will make his seventh start Friday. Notables · The Bulls are also ranked No 23 according to USA Today, No. 26 in the eyes of the NCBWA and check in at No. 25 in RPI. · Cavallaro was named the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday following his superb weekend in relief. · Stunkel Jr. was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. · Redshirt-senior Ryan Valdes (Tampa) picked up his ninth victory of the year on Saturday after entering in the third inning. He pitched 4.1 frames, did not allow a run and struck out six. The nine wins are tied for first in the country. · Senior Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.) will start Friday, freshman Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) will start Saturday and Sunday is to be determined. Key Stats · The Bulls’ pitching staff leads the country in strikeouts per nine innings (10.6). The staff ranks fifth in hits allowed per nine innings, sixth in WHIP and seventh in team ERA entering Wednesday. · Borders is hitting a league-best .435 during conference play and leads The American with 44 RBI. · Borders has fared extremely well against the Pirates during his career. The senior holds a .355 average with six runs scored, three homers and eight RBI. · Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.), who continues to lead the league with a .403 average, has maintained a .500 average in his seven games against ECU with six runs and six RBI.
  25. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2pXfUQJ 100 USF Student-Athletes to Graduate in 2016-17 Bulls earning degrees this weekend include recent NFL free agent signee Nigel Harris, two-time All-Region infielder Kristen Wyckoff, and USF Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sophia Brown TAMPA, MAY 5, 2017 – More than 70 USF student-athletes will receive their degrees on Friday and Saturday, when the University of South Florida holds commencement ceremonies at the Sun Dome. The 73 total student-athletes projected to graduate this spring make up USF Athletics' largest graduating class since 2012. Over 100 student-athletes will graduate from USF in the 2016-17 school year. Among those projected to earn their degrees include USF Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and pole vaulter Sophia Brown, two-time all-region honoree and infielder Kristen Wyckoff, and all-conference tennis player Vera Bessonova. Eleven student-athletes from the school record 11-win football team will earn their degrees, including four-year starter and recent NFL free agent signee, Nigel Harris. Starting center and Lee Roy Selmon Award recipient, Cameron Ruff is also expected to graduate along with 2016 all-conference right guard, Dominique Threatt. A duo of men's tennis players, Sasha Gozun and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy, are also expected to graduate. The pair of student-athletes guided USF men's tennis to four consecutive American Athletic Conference Championships. Three members of the women's basketball team will be earning their degrees. Paige Cashin, Ariadna Pujol, and Katelyn Weber are the first in program history to reach three NCAA Tournaments. Men's soccer will also graduate three student-athletes including starting goalkeeper Spasoje Stefanovic who guided USF to two American Athletic Conference Championships. Stefanovic is a two-time Goalkeeper of the Year in The American and was twice named first team all-conference. Rigel Fernandes will graduate after helping USF men's golf capture its third straight conference championship title in wire-to-wire fashion. Fernandes also has been a part of USF's first two teams to make the NCAA Championship rounds. The Bradenton, Fla., native earned PING All-America honorable mention honors after the Bulls' first NCAA Championship trip in 2014-15. The 2017 spring commencement ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 at 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on both days. All ceremonies take place as the USF Sun Dome. Parking and admittance is free.