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  1. June 08, 2017 by USF USF first year head men's basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff added nine student-athletes to the program in the class of 2017. The newest Bulls this upcoming season will be Payton Banks, Justin Brown, David Collins, Stephan Jiggetts, T.J. Lang, Laquincy Rideau, Terrence Samuel, Nikola Scekic, and Alexis Yetna. A 6-foot-6 wing from Orange, Calif., Banks is a graduate transfer from Penn State, having 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. He redshirted his initial season at Penn State in 2013-14 before appearing in 29 games the following year. Banks made 31 starts as a sophomore during the 2014-15 campaign, averaging nine points and four rebounds per game. Coach Gregory on Banks: “Payton impacts our program in such a positive way due to his versatility on the perimeter. Obviously, he is an exceptional three-point shooter, but his versatility and scoring acumen will also be of benefit in our system.” A 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Birmingham, Ala., Brown played his postgraduate year at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) in 2016-17, where he guided the Tigers to a 43-2 record. The soon-to-be freshman averaged 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals per game last year. He shot nearly 60 percent from the floor and converted on 39 percent of three-pointers. Prior to Hargrave, Brown attended Spain Park High School in Birmingham, where he was an All-State honoree three times and a four-time All-Birmingham Metro selection. Coach Gregory on Brown: “We are very pleased with the addition of Justin Brown to our USF men's basketball program. His size, versatility, skill package and athleticism will put him in a position to make an immediate impact in our program. Justin is also a perfect fit when it comes to character and academic excellence, components that we emphasize greatly in the recruiting process. It is important that we recruit from high-caliber, winning programs and Justin has come from two such programs at Hargrave and Spain Park." A 6-foot-3 guard from Youngstown, Ohio, Collins joins USF from First Love Christian Academy (Pa.), where he posted an 18 point per game average for the 24-win Knights. The incoming freshman is ranked as the 46th guard prospect in the country, according to 247 Sports. Coach Gregory on Collins: “David brings the versatility from the guard spot that is really important in our program. His athleticism and physicality on the perimeter is going to be an asset both offensively and defensively. He fits our mold of a highly talented, high character, hard-working, tough student-athlete.” A 6-foot-1 guard from Forestville, Md., Jiggetts is a graduate transfer from Fairleigh Dickinson. He was named All-Northeast Conference in 2016-17, when he averaged 13 points, four assists and three rebounds per game. Jiggetts 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). He 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. Coach Gregory on Jiggetts: “Stephan brings the guard skills that were so important for us in this recruiting class. 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.” A 6-foot-7 guard from Mobile, Ala., Lang is a transfer from Auburn, where he played his first three seasons. Lang averaged five points per game and was regarded as a lockdown defender for the Tigers. He will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules but will have one year of eligibility remaining. Coach Gregory on Lang: “We are very pleased to have T.J. join the program at the University of South Florida. His experience and success at the highest level of college basketball will be a great asset to this program over the next two years. As we continue to build our talent-base, a multi-position player like T.J. will give us a lot of flexibility both offensively and defensively. He comes from a great basketball family, and because of that, brings the characteristics we look for in our student-athletes.” A 6-foot-1 guard from 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. Coach Gregory on Rideau: “Laquincy signifies a very important recruit for our program. 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.” A 6-foot-3 guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., Samuel is a graduate transfer from Penn State where he averaged four points and three rebounds per game last season. Samuel netted a career-high 16 points against Colgate (11/23) and appeared in 28 of the team's 33 games. He shot 44 percent in Big Ten conference action. Samuel sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He began his collegiate career at UConn, where Samuel was a part of the Huskies' program during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He appeared in 56 games, making seven starts. Samuel 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). Coach Gregory on Samuel: “Terrence is a highly competitive and versatile guard who has proven his ability to impact a game on both ends of the court. He has the size, strength and toughness to be very effective at both guard spots, creating scoring opportunities for himself and others.” A 7-foot-2 center from Belgrade, Serbia, Scekic won a JuCo National Championship with Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) in 2016-17. He played his freshman season at New Mexico, appearing in 10 games, before transferring. Scekic returns to Florida, where he previously played for MMG Academy in Orlando. He also played for Zemun in his native country of Serbia before arriving in the United States. Coach Gregory on Scekic: “Nik provides us with very important pieces to build our program at USF. His size, skill package, and versatility can impact a game in many different ways. He can score in the post, step out on the perimeter, is an excellent passer, has a high basketball IQ, and will be tremendous in anchoring our defense. What really drove me to Nik was his unbelievable passion for improvement and daily work habits.” A 6-foot-8 forward 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. Coach Gregory on Yetna: “We are very happy to welcome Alexis Yetna to the Bulls' basketball family. 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.”
  2. Quite a lot of information, thought worth being sure Bulls fans have seen: This Week in USF Athletics July 24, 2017 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, JULY 24, 2017 – Take a look ahead at the week in USF Athletics and catch up on last week's action: Football This Week: Head coach Charlie Strong's first fall camp with the Bulls begins with five practices this week, starting Monday afternoon on campus. Last Week: USF was chosen as a heavy favorite to win the American Athletic Conference after receiving 26 votes in the league's preseason media poll… Quarterback Quinton Flowers became the first Bull named to four preseason national award watch lists (Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell, Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas)… Senior linebacker Auggie Sanchez earned a spot on the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, while senior running back D'Ernest Johnson is in consideration for the Paul Hornung Award for the second straight season. Need to Know: In addition to season ticket packages, new group and flex ticket plans are available for upcoming 2017 season. Fans can purchase flex plans starting at $75. This will enable fans to pick their choice of any three home games and upgrade to premier seating for only $150. Group tickets are also available and any group of 15 or more people can qualify for the special discounted rates. Sideline group seating is available as well. Make purchases at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on USF Football on Twitter HERE and on Facebook HERE. Athletics Need to Know: Pursuing a goal of excellence in the classroom, in competition and in the community, USF Athletics reached new heights with a program record of 5,025 community service hours logged by student-athletes and staff during the 2016-17 school year. Follow the Bulls: Stay up to date with the program by following @USFAthletics on Twitter. Volleyball Last Week: USF announced its 2017 schedule that features 32 matches against teams from 11 different conferences, including the Big Ten and SEC, with 15 matches set to be played in Tampa. Learn more HERE. Follow the Bulls: Get all the important team updates on Twitter @USFVolleyball. Cross Country Last Week: Five in-state meets, including the annual USF Invitational, will be featured on the Bulls' 2017 cross country schedule. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on head coach Dena Reif's squads throughout the season on Twitter @USFXCTF. Men's Basketball Last Week: The Tampa Bulls, a team made up of former USF players, made it all the way to The Basketball Tournament regional semifinals. Find out more about the team HERE. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the team by following the Bulls on Twitter @USFMBB. Baseball Last Week: Find out how current Bulls are faring by checking out the latest USF Baseball Summer League Update. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the Bulls on Twitter @USFBaseball. Women's Golf Need to Know: Head coach Tiffany Prats has announced the 2017-18 schedule that features constant tests against top national programs during 11 regular season tournaments. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated throughout the season by following the team on Twitter @USFWGolf. Men's Soccer Need to Know: New head coach Bob Butehorn and his staff have scheduled a full slate of summer camps for several different age groups. USF Soccer Camps will run through July 27. Learn more HERE. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the Bulls by following the team on Twitter @USFMSoc. Women's Soccer Need to Know: USF's slate of summer camps runs through July 27. Get session info and register today at the camp website HERE. Follow the Bulls: Keep up with the Bulls by following the team on Twitter @USFWSoc.
  3. TAMPA, July 20, 2017 – The University of South Florida men's and women's soccer teams have released their respective schedules for the 2017 season, and now fans can be a part of 21 combined home games with an all new VIP Experience. In an unprecedented move in collegiate athletics, USF will open the north berm of Corbett Stadium for a new sideline experience. Cabanas will be available to purchase for the season as part of their youth club supporters package. Unlike field seats behind the goals or stadium seating that is available to the public, the amenities of the cabanas are exclusive and reserved specifically for youth clubs. Amenities include: 50 tickets for each game, a VIP entrance, exclusive in-game experiences and recognition for your club, access to coaches and youth clinics, and NCAA Compliance training. For more information on cabana spaces for the 2017 season, contact Brandon Lopez at (813) 974-6016.
  4. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2vCSZcF USF Volleyball Announces Challenging 2017 Schedule The Bulls will host a pair of non-conference tournaments and 15 home matches TAMPA, JULY 19, 2017 – Four early season tournaments before a highly competitive American Athletic Conference schedule provides the USF Volleyball team with an exciting slate of matches for the 2017 season. A balanced schedule features 32 matches against teams from 11 different conferences, including the Big Ten and SEC, with 15 matches set to be played in Tampa. “I am very excited about this year’s schedule,” said sixth-year head coach Courtney Draper. “To open with a Big Ten school and have two SEC schools on the schedule prior to conference play is great for this team.” For the first time since 2013, the Bulls will see the season’s first serve at home in the USF Invitational, Aug. 25-26. The six-match tournament will feature Northwestern of the Big Ten and SEC member LSU, along with Arkansas Pine Bluff. USF went 11-5 at home in 2016, the best mark since 2012. “I think that our fans will really enjoy watching our team compete this season,” said Draper. ”Many of our opponents tell us that the Corral is one of the toughest venues to play in because of our amazing fan support. I expect to have another strong record in Tampa, protecting our home floor.” The Bulls get things started with the second match of the opening invitational, taking on Northwestern on Aug. 25. USF will play two matches the next day, facing Arkansas Pine Bluff at noon followed by LSU at 7 p.m. USF has gone 5-1 in opening tournaments over the last two seasons and has dropped a total of only four sets. The Bulls will be tested when hitting the road for the first time, as they take part in the Bulldog Invitational in Starkville, Miss., Sept. 1-2. USF faces Stephen F. Austin to begin the tournament. The Ladyjacks have been one of the Southland Conference’s best with 64 wins and an NCAA appearance over the last three seasons. USF will play the hosts Mississippi State later that day and conclude the weekend against Grambling State on Sept. 2. The Bulls return to Tampa for the USF Classic, Sept. 8-9. The weekend begins with Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 8 before a match against FAU on Sept. 9. The Bulls finish the tournament against Oral Roberts. USF remains in Florida for its final non-conference matches when it travels to Jacksonville for the Dolphin Invitational, Sept. 15-16. The Bulls open the tournament against Austin Peay, which finished 24-11 last season and 12-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference. USF then faces Presbyterian College and concludes tournament play against the host Dolphins on Sept. 16. “All of our pre-season and non-conference opponents will really help us prepare well for what has proven to be an extremely tough American Athletic Conference,” said Draper. The American schedule will be both challenging and competitive, as nine of the 12 members finished above .500 last season, including USF at 19-13. Three American Conference schools made it to the NCAA Tournament, including Cincinnati, who the Bulls open league play at home against on Sept. 22. USF will also host East Carolina on Sept. 24 to conclude the opening weekend of conference play. The first road contest in conference action will be on Sept. 29 at the newest member of The American, Wichita State. The Shockers might be new to the conference, but they are no strangers to the college volleyball national spotlight, having won the Missouri Valley Conference and made it to the NCAA Tournament in nine of the last 10 years. It will be USF's second all-time meeting with Wichita State and the first since 2005. "The addition of a storied Wichita State program really makes this league one of the more challenging conferences in the country from top-to-bottom," said Draper. The first-ever trip to Wichita, Kan., will start a four-game road swing through The American. USF turns its attention to Memphis on Oct. 3. Following the contest against the Tigers, the Bulls make their first trip of the year to Texas on Oct. 6 when they battle SMU in Dallas. The Mustangs finished 2016 at 26-8, won their opening NCAA Tournament match and have posted no fewer than 22 wins since 2013. The season's longest road trip concludes at Tulsa on Sept. 8. USF returns home on Oct. 13 against a 22-win Temple squad from a season ago and a tilt against UConn on Oct. 15. The Bulls wrap up their first run through the league with a pair of road matches, at Tulane on Oct. 20 and at Houston on Oct. 22. The first rematch of 2017 will take place on Oct. 27when Memphis comes to Tampa. The Bulls will welcome the Shockers to the sunshine state for the first time on Oct. 29. The final month of the regular season begins on Nov. 3 at ECU, followed by a match at Cincinnati on Nov. 5. The Bulls host Houston on Nov. 10 and Tulane on Nov. 12. A three-game road trip over Thanksgiving break ensues on Nov. 17 at UConn. The Bulls then travel to Philadelphia to face Temple on Nov. 19 before the War on I-4 resumes three days later. The initial matchup with UCF begins a home-and-home to close out the regular season. USF hosts its intrastate foes for senior day on Nov. 25. The Bulls hold a 49-33 edge in the all-time series against the Knights. "Though this schedule provides many of exciting challenges, I am confident in our player's abilities and our entire staff can't wait to get the season started," said Draper. With no American Athletic Conference tournament, the NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds will be held Dec. 1-3
  5. July 17, 2017 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, JULY 17, 2017 – Pursuing a goal of excellence in the classroom, in competition and in the community, USF Athletics reached new heights with a program record of 5,025 community service hours logged by student-athletes and staff during the 2016-17 school year. Ever-increasing community partnerships and improvement projects in the Bay Area helped USF Athletics surpass its previous record total of 3,945.5 community service hours posted during 2015-16. USF Athletics has partnered with more than 30 organizations and projects in the Bay Area over the past year, including Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, Metropolitan Ministries, Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay, Special Olympics, Tampa Parks and Recreation, Feed The Children, G3 Life Applications, Habitat For Humanity, Great American Teach In, Where Love Grows and many more. Most recently, 57 incoming freshman student-athletes participating in USF's summer bridge program completed a community service project with Metropolitan Ministries on July 7. Student-athletes were broken up into groups and handled tasks that included food prep, moving furniture and cleaning at the nonprofit organization's Tampa location. Participating student-athletes represented 14 USF athletic teams, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, track and field, and softball along with men's and women's golf. In May, USF women's tennis, which claimed the 2017 American Athletic Conference title on the court, was recognized for giving back to the Bay Area with the ITA Community Service Award for the Southeast region after totaling 258 hours in the community over the past year. Women's tennis also received the team community award at the Stampede of Champions, USF's annual student-athlete awards show. http://www.gousfbulls.com/news/2017/7/14/general-usf-breaks-community-service-record.aspx
  6. USF ATHLETICSGoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2tGOZrQ Mohl Adds To USF Baseball Coaching Staff Chuck Jeroloman has been added as assistant coach and Chris Cates has been promoted to assistant coach TAMPA, JULY 12, 2017 – University of South Florida first-year head baseball coach Billy Mohl is pleased to announce the addition of Chuck Jeroloman and the promotion of Chris Cates to his coaching staff. A West Plam Beach, Fla., native, Jeroloman brings six years of college baseball coaching experience to the Bulls, four of which were spent in the state of Florida. A three-year starting shortstop at the University of Auburn, Jeroloman was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and played professionally for seven seasons, advancing as high as Class AAA. He has NCAA Regional experience from his two seasons as an assistant at TCU (2012-13) and helped Jacksonville University improve its win total in each of his four seasons there, going from 21 victories in 2014 to 36 wins in 2017. "We are excited to have Chuck Jeroloman, his wife Tara and his sons Owen, Chase and Brady join the Bulls family," said Mohl. "Chuck is a tireless recruiter and coach, and most importantly a guy who our players will be excited to work with each and every day. Chuck has a very impressive baseball background and was highly recommended by many of the top coaches in college baseball around the country. We are thrilled to have him. " Cates has been a vital member of the USF baseball coaching staff, serving as a volunteer assistant coach over the last three seasons. The Tampa, Fla., native was instrumental in the development of the Bulls' infield, including shortstop Kevin Merrell, the 33rd overall selection in this year's MLB Draft by the Oakland A's. A former standout and College World Series participant at the University of Louisville, Cates was selected in the 38th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins and played five seasons in their minor league system. He served as an assistant under head coach Mike Martin at Florida State in 2013 prior to returning to the Bay Area with a stint at the University of Tampa in 2014. "I am thrilled to promote Chris Cates to be our second assistant," said Mohl. "Chris has been a huge part of the team's success over the last three years. His ability to teach and develop our players is a huge asset to this program. He relates well to our players and is a great mentor. His connections around the state and country from a recruiting standpoint will be a huge benefit moving forward." Jeroloman will serve as USF's recruiting coordinator and assist with the hitters after holding similar responsibilities at Jacksonville. The Dolphins finished the 2017 season with a 36-24 mark, their best record since 2011. Jeroloman was an integral part in the development of outfielder Austin Hays, who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft. At TCU, Jeroloman was a valued member of a 2012 staff that guided the Horned Frogs to the UCLA Super Regional. TCU finished the year with 40 wins and shared the Mountain West regular season title. Under his direction, TCU's infielders ranked third in the country in double plays turned. Five Horned Frog position players were drafted under him in 2012 and 2013. "I am incredibly grateful to Coach Mohl and the University of South Florida for this opportunity," said Jeroloman. "I'm excited to work alongside Coach Mohl as he is someone who holds the same values as I do when it comes to the importance of positively developing our student-athletes not just on the field, but in all aspects of their lives. I look forward to leading a recruiting effort in which we will work tirelessly to thoroughly evaluate each student-athlete to make sure we are getting young men who are the best fit for this program. My wife, who was born and raised in St. Petersburg, children and I couldn't be happier to start this new and exciting chapter in our lives." In his new role at USF, Cates will continue to work with the infielders and the hitters as well as new recruiting duties. He helped the 2017 Bulls make their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three seasons and reach the 40-win mark for the first time since 1996. He guided Merrell to a league-record .384 average and second-straight All-American Athletic Conference First Team honor. In his first season at USF in 2015, Cates worked closely with Merrell and Kyle Teaf. Merrell went on to become a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and Teaf was selected in the 30th round of the MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. During his time at Florida State, Cates helped in the development of the Seminole outfielders. Under his instruction, three were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft, including D.J. Stewart, who was taken in the first round (25th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles. "I'm grateful that Coach Mohl has promoted me and am excited to continue working on this staff," said Cates. "I'm ready for the challenges of this new recruiting position and looking forward to building on to the foundation that has been laid here. Our goal is to elevate the USF baseball program into one of the elites. I'm thrilled to continue furthering my coaching career at USF and in my hometown of Tampa."
  7. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2t14kGL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Women’s Basketball Honored for Academic Excellence USF women's basketball recognized by The American for academic excellence. TAMPA, JULY 11, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team was presented with the American Athletic Conference Academic Excellence Award for its sport, the league’s commissioner Mike Aresco announced Tuesday. In each of the 21 sports sponsored by The American, an Academic Excellence Award is given to the team with the highest collective grade-point average during the 2016-17 year. The selections were made by the conference’s Academic Affairs Committee. The winners were chosen based on the grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution’s roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport. The Bulls boasted a 24-9 record last season, and their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last five years. USF made its third consecutive trip to the league’s championship game and finished with an 11-5 conference record.
  8. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2tQIDrQ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: July 6, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Pujol, Stringfield Sign Pro Contracts Two former Bulls, Pujol (’17) and Stringfield (’16) signed contracts to play overseas. TAMPA, JULY 6, 2017 – Two University of South Florida alums, Ariadna Pujol (’17) and Shalethia Stringfield (’16), have signed professional basketball contracts to play overseas in the fall of 2017. The pair played integral roles in the Bulls’ historic stretch from 2012-2017, when they made five consecutive postseason appearances. Pujol will return to her home country of Spain to play for CADI La Seu D'Urgell, based in Seu D’Urgell, which is just over two hours from her hometown of Mataro, Spain. Stringfield signed with TVSAARLOUIS Royals in Saarlouis, Germany. Pujol is coming off her best season as a Bull, when she averaged 12.4 points per game, second on the team, and 6.2 rebounds. The guard was a member of the American Athletic Conference All-Freshman team and during her senior season landed on the Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament team. Pujol graduated in May with a degree in Psychology. Pujol and the class of 2017 became just the second group of graduates to make four postseason appearances, three NCAA trips. “I'm really excited to start my next chapter with CADI La Seu D’Urgell because it's relatively close home,” said Pujol. “Well, everything is close to home after a nine-hour flight from Tampa to Barcelona. My team is a young team, and has mostly national players. I know some of my teammates already because we played on the national team together years ago. I love this program because of the philosophy and I’m excited to start this adventure.” Stringfield remained in Tampa after her senior season to complete her second degree at USF in December. During her senior season, Stringfield led the Bulls back to the NCAA second round for back-to-back seasons. As a senior, Stringfield was named the league’s Sixth Player of the Year. She averaged 9.6 points per game and collected 126 assists. Stringfield will live in the USF career record books with 379 career assists, which rank fifth all-time. “I’m really excited to start my new journey in Germany,” said Stringfield. “I’ve had a chance to speak with my new coach, coach Paar and I’m optimistic about my role on the team. Coach Paar made me feel very welcome and that I’m already a part of the team. I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and start this next journey in my life. USF has prepared me to succeed, and I can’t wait to contribute to more success.”
  9. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2uOW3lC McClanahan Earns Fourth Freshman All-America Nod McClanahan becomes the second Bull to earn four All-America honors TAMPA, JULY 6, 2017 – University of South Florida pitcher Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) has been named a D1Baseball First Team Freshman All-American, as announced Thursday. The redshirt-freshman was named a Baseball America First Team All-American on June 26, a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association First Team Freshman All-American on June 12 and a Perfect Game/Rawlings First Team Freshman All-American on June 15. He is one of three American Athletic Conference players on the list and the only member on the first team. McClanahan posted a 4-2 record for the 42-19 Bulls with a 3.20 ERA in his first season. The lefty made 15 starts, striking out 104 batters in just 76.0 innings pitched. His 12.32 strikeouts per nine innings ranked eighth in the country and led the American Athletic Conference. He allowed just 5.68 hits per nine innings to lead the league and rank ninth nationally. McClanahan became the 16th USF baseball player to be recognized as a freshman All-American and the first since infielder Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) was selected to the NCBWA Second-Team in 2015. McClanahan joins Merrell as the second Bull to receive four All-America honors this season.
  10. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2tEh6dr DATE: July 3, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Women’s Soccer Announces 2017 Schedule TAMPA (July 3, 2017) – Head coach Denise Schilte-Brown will look to lead the Bulls to new heights this upcoming season as they begin their journey for the conference title. The Bulls will host two exhibition matches prior to the start of the season with FGCU on Aug. 8and Troy on Aug. 12. The 17-match regular season will kick off at Corbett Stadium, where the Bulls will host eight home contests, and will travel to nine road matches. This season, the Bulls will face three top 25 teams from 2016, and will travel to both SEC and Big 10 territory. USF went 12-4-3 last season, and advanced to the American semifinals. The Bulls have made it to at least the semifinal match every year of the tournament. "We are very excited about the upcoming season. The schedule is challenging and this is a young group, but our talent is great and our potential is limitless," said head coach Denise Schilte-Brown. Home Sweet Corbett The Bulls have dominated their home slate in the past two seasons, allowing just one loss between them, and they will look to continue that momentum. USF will welcome eight teams to Corbett, with the home opener set for Friday, Aug. 18 against Charlotte. "I honestly don't think I have ever been this excited and pumped for the season to start. I really love the group of girls we have, and how close we have become," said senior midfielder Jessica Hamrick. I'm excited to welcome the newcomers and show them what USF soccer is all about. My goal as a rising senior is to help lead this team in any way I can, through the ups and downs, and ultimately to a conference championship. We want that ring." The Bulls will close the non-conference home lineup with a trio of matches, including their first top 25 opponent of the season. USF will host matches against American (Aug. 20), No. 4 UNC (Aug. 27) and Mississippi State (Sept. 7). Conference play will open on the road, but USF will host Memphis (Sept. 28), Tulsa (Oct. 1), Temple (Oct. 19) and finish at home with a conference semifinal rematch against UConn on Oct. 22. The Bulls posted a 4-3-2 conference record in the regular season, with home wins over ECU and Houston. On the Road Again The Bulls will look to improve their impressive 6-2 road record from last season as they begin their travels in SEC country at Alabama on Aug. 24, and continue with Ohio State on Sept. 3. USF will head to the Swamp for a Sunday evening match against No. 10 Florida on Sept. 10, before closing out the non-conference schedule in Washington D.C. against Howard on Sept. 15. Conference play will kick off at ECU (Sept. 21) and Cincinnati (Sept. 24) before the Bulls head to Texas in early October for matches against SMU (Oct. 5) and Houston (Oct. 8). War on I-4 The regular season will end at UCF with a War on I-4 battle Friday, Oct. 27. The Bulls last defeated the Knights in 2015, when Leticia Skeete netted a game-winning golden goal to send the Bulls to the conference finals. Last season, the Bulls tied the Knights, 1-1, in the regular season. The UCF and USF athletic departments announced the establishment of the War On I-4 rivalry series, which officially began Sept. 21, 2016 with a competition between the two schools' volleyball programs. The War on I-4 represents a long-standing and passionate rivalry between the fan bases of two of the nation's largest and fastest growing universities. The Orlando and Tampa Bay metropolitan areas are connected by 100 short miles of Interstate 4 (I-4). -#GoBulls-
  11. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2sviMWs Merrell Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in MLB Draft Kevin Merrell becomes the third-highest player drafted in program history TAMPA, JUNE, 12, 2017 – University of South Florida junior shortstop Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the Competitive Balance round A with the 33rd pick of the 2017 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Monday. Merrell is the only player in program history to lead the Bulls in hitting three-straight seasons. His .384 average in 2017 set an American Athletic Conference record, ranked top-20 nationally and was the 10th-best mark in single-season program history. He becomes the third-highest player drafted in program history and the third shortstop drafted in the first three rounds, joining Jason Dellaero (1st round, 16th pick in 1997) and Brett King (2nd round, 72nd pick in 1993). He is the first Bull to be drafted in the top five rounds since 2006, joining Dellaero and Scott Hemond (1st round, 15th pick in 1986) in the opening round. He becomes the first Bull to be selected in the first three rounds since 1997. Merrell was named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team for the second time in 2017 and was honored ono the Baseball America All-American Second Team on June 8. He led the Bulls with 48 runs scored, hit 11 doubles, four triples and a career-high seven homers. The speedster was 19-for-23 on stolen base attempts. The three-year starter ranks third in program history with a .353 career batting average and eighth with 56 career steals.
  12. This is great news! Not that there was anything wrong with the current site, but a refresh is in good timing with expectations in 2017.
  13. SUMMER STAMPEDE TICKETS (season ticket members, log in to account to see discounted price) Charlie Strong & Brian Gregory to meet Bulls fans in Tampa TAMPA, JUNE 1, 2017 – USF head football coach Charlie Strong and head men's basketball coach Brian Gregory will meet Bulls fans on Wed., June 21 at the USF Summer Stampede held at Ulele (1810 N Highland Ave.) in downtown Tampa. The Bulls' new leaders will headline the ticketed social event on the banks of the Hillsborough River. Tickets for the Summer Stampede, set to begin at 6:30 p.m., will include Ulele food, a program with the coaches, and a social period in which the coaches will be available to meet and greet fans and engage in photo opportunities, which will also include Rocky and the USF cheerleaders. A cash bar will be available. Tickets to the event are $10 for current season ticket members and Bulls Club members and $25 for the general public. All season ticket members in attendance will be entered into a raffle for to win an autographed football and an autographed basketball. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-GoBulls or online at Ticketmaster. Tickets must be reserved in advance and will not be available at the door. USF Iron Bulls will be admitted to the event for free. Iron Bulls are asked to RSVP to Kari Clark in the USF Athletics Development office. Link
  14. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2sBiTjC 10 Bulls Playing In Collegiate Summer Leagues TAMPA, JUNE, 16, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team will have 10 members playing in collegiate summer leagues this year. The Bulls will have representation in eight different college summer leagues. Players will be dispersed across the Cape Cod Baseball League, the Northwoods League, the Valley League, the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL), the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), the Coastal Plain League, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) and the Collegiate League of the Palm Beaches (CLPB) in its inaugural season. Northwoods League Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) – Waterloo Bucks David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) – La Crosse Loggers The Valley League Andrew Perez (Orlando) – Waynesboro Generals Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Collin Sullivan (Randolph, Mass.) – Amsterdam Mohawks New England Collegiate Baseball League Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) – Danbury Westerners Matt Sellers (Vero Beach, Fla.) – Danbury Westerners Coastal Plain League Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) – Forest City Owls Futures Collegiate Baseball League Nick Cerelli (Tampa) – Brockton Rox Cape Cod Baseball League Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) – Wareham Gatemen Collegiate League of the Palm Beaches Carson Ragsdale (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) – Juno Beach Loggerheads Each league has gotten under way, many of which began in early June. Ragsdale has appeared in two games for Juno Beach and is hitting .429 with a homer and two RBI. Chatfield is hitting .286 in four games with Forest City with a double and a run scored. In the PGCBL for Waynesboro, Sullivan has logged 2.1 innings and has given up just one hit with four strikeouts. In the Northwoods League, Genord is hitting .429 in two games for Waterloo with a double and a homer. Villar is hitting .316 in four games with a home run, four runs and four RBI for La Crosse.
  15. By USF D1Baseball All-Americans TAMPA, JUNE 15, 2017 – University of South Florida junior shortstop Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) has been named a D1Baseball Third Team All-American, as announced by the publication Thursday. This is Merrell's third all-america nod this year. He was named a Perfect Game/Rawlings Third Team All-American on June 14 and became the program's 10th All-American on June 8 when he was named to the Baseball America Second Team. He was named to the American Athletic Conference First Team for the second time after a tremendous junior year. The left-handed hitter became the only player in program history to lead the team in hitting three-straight seasons after batting .384 on the year. The average set an American Athletic Conference record and ranked inside the top-20 nationally. The average was the 10th-best for a single season in program history. Merrell led the conference with 1.6 hits per game, a .464 on base percentage and finished second with 0.92 runs per game. He led the Bulls with 48 runs scored, a .569 slugging percentage and 19 stolen bases. Merrell clubbed a career-high 11 doubles and seven home runs. He became the third-highest drafted player in program history on June 12 when the Oakland A's selected him with the 33rd pick.
  16. 247 student-athletes post a 3.0 GPA or higher during spring semester TAMPA, JUNE 14, 2017 – For the second straight year, the nearly 500 student-athletes comprising USF Athletics have posted a combined annual grade-point average above a 3.0. Final accounting of the 2016-17 academic period showed a 3.034 overall GPA for USF student-athletes, just shy of the record 3.085 mark for the 2015-16 academic period. USF student-athletes had not previously ever eclipsed a 3.0 cumulative GPA for an academic period and have now done it in back-to-back years. “This is a very significant achievement for our student-athletes as well as our great Academic Services staff and coaches,” USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “Being able to post better than a 3.0 GPA in consecutive years is indicative of our commitment to graduating student-athletes and providing for the best overall student-athlete experience at USF. I'm so proud of the commitment of our young men and women, and of our staff and coaches to excelling in the classroom.” Rest of article
  17. #BAYMADE WINS NATIONAL SPORTS VIDEO AWARD WATCH #BAYMADE on YOUTUBE:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKS4DUim5Sjg3kWBBmSlY5y7z75lEXHt7 Two-time finalist honored with Outstanding Program Series award TAMPA, JUNE 14, 2017 – #BAYMADE: Inside USF Football, the University of South Florida football program's weekly television show, was selected as the winner of Outstanding Program Series award among more than 100 national entries at the 2017 SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards in Atlanta. The SVG (Sports Video Group) Sports Video Summit gathered leaders in the field of sports video production and leading technology companies from across the country at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. The three-day event also honored outstanding productions from across collegiate athletics. #BAYMADE was selected the outstanding program series among shows produced by regional, local networks, syndicators and production companies. It was the USF program's first national award after twice being named a finalist in the category. “The USF football show is great example of one of the many exciting things we are doing to enhance and build the USF Athletics brand and connect with future student-athletes, alumni and fans,” said USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan. “The show has resonated with Bulls fans and we are proud that it has been recognized nationally for its outstanding production.” #BAYMADE: Inside USF, which debuted in 2014, is shot and edited by the Emmy Award winning team of Awesome Films and executive produced by Brian Siegrist, USF associate athletic director for communications. The show aired 13 episodes during the Bulls' program record 11-win 2016 season as well as a Spring Special, which aired throughout the month of May. #BAYMADE was selected the national winner among finalists from BYUtv (After Further Review), FOX Sports South (Driven), 4th Floor Creative (Musketeer Moments), University of North Texas (Beyond the Green: North Texas Football 2016) and another Awesome Films production (Penn State Hockey Story). The 30-minute program takes fans up-close inside the USF program with NFL Films style camera work, exceptional storytelling, and unprecedented access to practice, locker room, game day and daily life. Compelling video, narration and sound from the Bulls themselves will give viewers a taste of what it is like to be in the huddle and on the field with the Bulls. The show airs weekly during the season on FOX Sports Sun (CH 31 & 1148 on Spectrum; CH 76 & 576 on Verizon FiOS; DirecTV (653 & 656) and Dish Network (422 & 372)). Check local listings for show times. Every episode is also posted to the USF Athletics YouTube channel. SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards The awards recognize the best in college sports video production from national networks, regional networks and conference digital networks, collegiate athletic departments, and students. The CSMAs aim to celebrate those who have pushed the envelope and set a higher standard for the quality of live and pre-/post-produced college sports video content.
  18. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2tnryCr Valdes Drafted by Pittsburgh Pirates Valdes becomes the fourth Bull taken in this year’s draft TAMPA, JUNE, 14, 2017 – University of South Florida pitcher Ryan Valdes (Tampa) was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Wednesday. Valdes is the fourth Bull to be picked in the 2017 MLB Draft. Junior shortstop Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) was drafted in the opening CBA round of the draft by the Oakland A’s. Senior pitcher Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville) was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 10th round of the draft. Junior reliever Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) was taken by the New York Mets in the 24th round. After missing all but one game in 2016 due to injury, Valdes returned in 2017 and put together his best season. He led the team with a 9-1 record with a 4.37 ERA and 56 strikeouts. In the three years at USF, Valdes holds a 15-5 record with a 4.02 ERA and 132 strikeouts. In 2016-17, he contributed to a staff that set a program record with 620 strikeouts in 2017. The Bulls have had at least one pitcher selected in each of the last 12 MLB Drafts.
  19. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2t2ZncS Cavallaro Drafted by New York Mets in MLB Draft Cavallaro becomes the third USF player to be drafted this year TAMPA, JUNE, 14, 2017 – University of South Florida junior pitcher Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) was selected by the New York Mets in the 24th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday. Cavallaro is the third Bull to be picked in the 2017 MLB Draft. Junior shortstop Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) was drafted in the opening competitive balance round of the draft with the 33rd pick by the Oakland A’s. Senior pitcher Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville) was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 10th round of the draft. The right-handed Cavallaro transitioned from a starter to a reliever in 2017 and thrived in his new role. He held a career-low 2.28 ERA in 30 appearances. Cavallaro posted a 5-3 record with five saves, striking out 77 hitters in 59.1 innings. Cavallaro has made 60 appearances for the Bulls, posting a 14-8 record with a 3.63 career ERA. He recorded 193 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .221 batting average. As part of a pitching staff that set a program record with 620 strikeouts in 2017, Cavallaro finished second on the team with 11.72 strikeouts per nine innings. The Bulls have had at least one pitcher selected in each of the last 12 MLB Drafts.
  20. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2rb803J NCBWA Release: http://bit.ly/2sUUkem McClanahan Named NCBWA Freshman All-American The left-hander went 4-2 with 104 strikeouts in 76.0 innings pitched LYNCHBURG, VA., JUNE 12, 2017 – University of South Florida southpaw Shane McClanahan was selected as a First-Team Freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Monday. McClanahan went 4-2 for the NCAA Tournament-bound Bulls with a 3.20 ERA. The redshirt-freshman made 15 starts on the season, striking out 104 batters in just 76.0 innings. His 12.32 strikeouts per nine innings ranked eighth in the country. The Cape Coral, Fla. native is the 16th USF baseball player to be recognized as a freshman All-American and the first since infielder Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) was selected to the NCBWA Second-Team in 2015. McClanahan is the second Bull to receive All-American honors this year (Merrell, Baseball American Second Team).
  21. By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, JUNE 7, 2017 – Courtney Williams was once a force for USF women's basketball and the multi-talented guard is back to her old ways in the WNBA. Williams, a second-year pro, put together a show-stopping performance last Saturday night, scoring a career-high 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 85-77 win at San Antonio. Williams' first WNBA double-double included a 10-for-11 shooting night from the field. “It definitely brought me back to those USF days, hitting the boards and putting up those type of numbers,” said Williams in a phone interview Monday. “My teammates saw that I had it going, so they kept finding me. It felt good to get in that flow.” Williams got into her groove quickly, knocking down her first six shots before finishing the first half with 15 points and seven rebounds. “I need to keep that momentum going into our next couple of games,” Williams said. “We have to try to get more wins, so whatever I can do.” Doing a little bit of everything on the court is something that comes quite natural to Williams. The 5-foot-8 playmaker finished her USF career second all-time in points (2,304), third in rebounds (931) and eighth in assists (318). Rest of article
  22. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qYnzeP Conference Release: http://bit.ly/2sWXFZB Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook USF Men’s Basketball Conference Pairings Announced The Bulls single-game pairings include conference runner-up Cincinnati and Temple at home. USF will play UConn and conference newcomer Wichita State, both on the road PROVIDENCE, R.I., JUNE 8, 2017 – The American Athletic Conference announced its men's basketball conference pairings for the upcoming 2017-18 season on Thursday afternoon. With the addition of Wichita State to the league, each team in The American will play seven of its 11 opponents twice, and the other four opponents once each – two at home and two away. USF will play single game match-ups at home against conference runner-up Cincinnati and Temple. The Bulls will also clash with UConn and Wichita State, a perennial top 25 team, both on the road. In 2017-18, USF will host UCF, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa and also visit those schools as well. This will be the Bulls' first season under the direction of head coach Brian Gregory. The USF coaching staff has rebuilt the team's roster with nine new signees, including three graduate transfers. Learn more about USF's 2017 signing class HERE. The Bulls' complete schedule with dates and times will be announced at a later date. Season ticket renewals can be made HERE.
  23. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qQ5y2b Perez Named a Gregg Olson Award Semifinalist TAMPA, JUNE 5, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team’s sophomore lefty Andrew Perez has been named a 2017 Gregg Olson Award semifinalist, as announced Monday. Perez (Orlando) slipped into the closer role at the beginning of the season and was one of USF’s top options out of the bullpen. The hard-throwing lefthander went 6-3 on the year with a 2.72 ERA in 27 appearances. He recorded a team-high six saves and struck out 52 batters in 39.2 innings while allowing an opponent batting average of .185. One of 25 semifinalists, Perez is the only member from the American Athletic Conference and only member from a program in the state of Florida. The Olson Award, presented by Toolshed Sports, has been developed to honor college baseball’s success stories and showcase players who have raised the level of their game through hard work, strength of mind and determination. Eligible players are those who are omitted from major publication’s preseason All American prognostications. By the end of the season, their on-the-field performance demonstrates that they are among the top amateur baseball players in the nation. Finalists will be announced during Super Regional action. The winner of the 2017 Gregg Olson Award will be named in Omaha, Neb. during the College World Series which is to be held at TD Ameritrade Park.
  24. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qQ5y2b Perez Named a Gregg Olson Award Semifinalist TAMPA, JUNE 5, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team’s sophomore lefty Andrew Perez has been named a 2017 Gregg Olson Award semifinalist, as announced Monday. Perez (Orlando) slipped into the closer role at the beginning of the season and was one of USF’s top options out of the bullpen. The hard-throwing lefthander went 6-3 on the year with a 2.72 ERA in 27 appearances. He recorded a team-high six saves and struck out 52 batters in 39.2 innings while allowing an opponent batting average of .185. One of 25 semifinalists, Perez is the only member from the American Athletic Conference and only member from a program in the state of Florida. The Olson Award, presented by Toolshed Sports, has been developed to honor college baseball’s success stories and showcase players who have raised the level of their game through hard work, strength of mind and determination. Eligible players are those who are omitted from major publication’s preseason All American prognostications. By the end of the season, their on-the-field performance demonstrates that they are among the top amateur baseball players in the nation. Finalists will be announced during Super Regional action. The winner of the 2017 Gregg Olson Award will be named in Omaha, Neb. during the College World Series which is to be held at TD Ameritrade Park.
  25. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2rU0fTH Bulls Historic Year Comes to End In Gainesville Regional GAINESVILLE, Fla., JUNE, 4, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team was eliminated from the Gainesville Regional with Sunday’s 6-3 loss to Bethune-Cookman, ending a tremendous year. The Bulls (42-19) finish the season with the most wins since 1996 and accomplished a great deal. They led the country in strikeouts per nine innings for nearly three-straight months, raddled off the program’s second longest winning streak with 19 and entered the top-25 in both the Baseball America and D1Baseball polls for the first time since 2013. It didn’t take long for the Bulls to take an early lead against the Wildcats (35-24) Sunday thanks to a first-inning solo shot to right from junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.). But Bethune took a lead in the bottom half without anything leaving the infield. A chopper through the left side, an error, a successful bunt and infield single tied the score. A bases-loaded walk and a ground-ball double play scored two more, making it 3-1 Wildcats. But the Bulls tied the score with two away in the second. Sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) and Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) each singled, then Merrell drove them home with a hot shot passed the first baseman. Bethune retook the lead with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third, then added one more in the fourth. The B-CU bullpen held USF in check until the top of the eighth, when the first two Bulls got on base. But Joseph Calamita was brought in and recorded three-straight outs. Dietrich homered to left in the ninth with two away, but the next at bat resulted in a fly ball to right, ending USF’s historic year. Notables / Key Stats - Merrell went 3-for-4 with a run and three RBI. His homer was his eighth of the season. - Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) went 2-for-4 and Dietrich went 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI. His solo blast was the first of his career. - The Bulls tallied 10 hits, the 31st game with double-digit base knocks this season. - Freshman Carson Ragsdale (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of one-hit ball and senior Michael Farley (Valrico, Fla.) pitched the final 2.2 innings allowing just one hit with four strikeouts. - Merrell finishes the season with a .391 average, ranking inside the top-20 nationally. Borders finishes with a career-best .340 average and 53 RBI. - The pitching staff added to the program record for strikeouts in a season and finishes the year with 620.