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  1. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2q4JGiO Bulls Drop Doubleheader Finale but Win Road Series at Memphis This is the Bulls’ first series win at Memphis since 2000 MEMPHIS, TENN., APRIL 23, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team was defeated 5-1 in the series finale at Memphis. With victories in the first two games of the weekend set, the Bulls won the road series at Memphis for the first time since 2000. In the opening frame, senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) hit a solo home run to give USF (32-8, 7-5 American) an initial lead. Redshirt-junior Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) started for the Bulls, retiring the first nine batters he faced. Down 1-0, Memphis (22-19, 4-8 American) went ahead with a bases-clearing double in the fourth. Trailing 3-1, USF threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with one out. However, the Tigers were able to get out of the jam unscathed and added two more in the bottom half for the 5-1 victory. Key Stats The Borders’ home run in the first was his sixth of the season and his seventh hit of the series. Six Bulls tallied hits, led by sophomore Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) who finished 2-for-4. Strzelecki tossed 5.1 innings, giving up four hits and three runs. His perfect game bid was broken up in the fifth. Strzelecki did not surrender a walk while striking out six. Notables The Bulls move to 6-3 on the road and 25-21 all-time against the Tigers. USF won its first four doubleheader contests of the season prior to the doubleheader split. Up Next The Bulls return home for their final stretch of the season which begins Wednesday against Stetson at 6:30 p.m.
  2. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2pU4229 Offense Erupts, as Bulls Take Game one Sunday The Bulls scored six in the second and totaled 11 runs on 14 hits MEMPHIS, TENN., APRIL 23, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team quickly erased a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the second and led 11-2 at one point, ultimately taking game one of Sunday’s doubleheader at Memphis, 11-6. With leading hitter Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) already out of the lineup, redshirt-freshman Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) was forced to leave the game after facing the first batter. The Tigers hit a two-run shot off Ryan Valdes (Tampa) in the first, and the first game of the doubleheader looked shaky just three men in. But the Bulls responded by scoring six runs in the top of the second, ignited by three-run homer from sophomore Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.). After adding runs in the third and fifth, USF loaded the bases three different times in the sixth and plated three more to lead 11-2. Memphis got four back in the bottom half behind a two-out rally. But it was too much of a hurdle to overcome, as the Bulls held on. Key Stats Chatfield was just a triple short of the cycle, as he went 3-for-3 with two runs and a career-high five RBI. Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) went 3-for-5 for the second-straight game. He scored a run and drove in one. Sophomores Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.), Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) and Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) each had two hits with a RBI and run scored. Valdes logged 4.0 innings and struck out four. Notables The Bulls improve to 6-3 on the road and 25-20 all-time against the Tigers. The six run second marks the 15th inning this season that the Bulls have scored at least four runs. It is the third-most runs they have scored in an inning this year. Valdes improves to 8-0 on the season. The Bulls tallied double-digit hits for the 22nd time this season and double-digit runs for the seventh time. The win also clinches USF’s first series win at Memphis since 2000. Up Next The Bulls and Tigers conclude the series with game two of today’s doubleheader. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com
  3. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2poMWtl Bulls and Tigers to Play Doubleheader Sunday MEMPHIS, TENN. APRIL 22, 2017 – Due to heavy rain in the MidSouth region, the University of South Florida baseball team and the Memphis Tigers will play the final two games of this weekend’s series on Sunday with a doubleheader set to start at 11:00 a.m. The originally scheduled middle game was to be played Saturday at 3:00 p.m., but was moved back twice before a decision was made to make Sunday a doubleheader. The first game will be seven innings and will begin at 11:00 a.m. ET. The second will be nine innings. Both games can be heard on AM 1040 and watched on GoTigersGo.com/watch. USF took game one on Friday night, 4-2.
  4. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2oTLpty Results: http://bit.ly/2p3uUtG Bulls Honor Seniors, Win Nine Events USF also set five all-time top 10 marks in program history TAMPA, APRIL 22, 2017 – The USF track and field team recognized 22 seniors at the South Florida Collegiate on Saturday and many played an integral role as the Bulls won nine events and recorded 21 top-three finishes. Senior Michael Babinec (Riverview, Fla.) won the 5k with a time of 15:25.43 as classmate Melissa Westmoreland (Jupiter, Fla.) finished first in the 3k steeplechase (11:34.74). Fellow senior Khadeeja Dooling (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) secured first in the 100m hurdles (13.87). USF’s 4x100m relay team of Chelsea Francis(Jacksonville, Fla.), Jada Massie (Bradenton, Fla.), Krysten Golden (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), and Shenica Bazile (Naples, Fla.) posted the second-best all-time mark in program history (45.35). The quartet finished a close second in the event. Sophomore David Bell (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed second in the pole vault with a height of 17-1, fourth-best in program history. Jonah Daniels (Jacksonville, Fla.), another USF sophomore, notched the ninth-best all-time men’s long jump with a winning distance of 23-8.75. Sophomore David Tampa (St. John’s, Fla.) won the 1500m event with a time of 3:54.55. The Bulls finished 1-2-3 in the women’s pole vault with sophomore Stephanie Lambeth (Frankenmuth, Mich.) finishing first (12-5.5). Sophomore Nicole Carroll (Land O’Lakes, Fla.) placed second and junior Jamie Brenner (Oviedo, Fla) finished in third. USF also won the men’s 4x400m relay. The freshman quartet of Yohance Haynes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Derwin Moultrie (Miami), Maurice Nock (Sanford, Fla.) and Tequon Terry (Alachua, Fla.) finished the event in 3:15.42. Key Stat · On the final day of the meet, USF notched seven event victories and placed in another 15 events. Notable Freshman Curtis Thomas (Auburndale, Fla.) finished second in the 100m dash with a time of 10.62. The 4x100m relay team of freshman Maurice Nock (Stanford, Fla.), freshman Tequon Terry (Alachua, Fla.), senior Dae Young Yoon (Hollywood, Fla.) and freshman Curtis Thomas (Auburndale, Fla.) took second with a time of 41.00 . Senior Brandi Lucas (Vero Beach, Fla.) finished third in the shot put (40-9.75). Junior Chelsea Francis (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed third in the 200m (24.15). Sophomore D’Angelo Ennis (Jamaica) finished third in the triple jump (46-2.75). Next Up The Bulls complete the 2017 outdoor regular season with the Tom Jones Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. on April 28.
  5. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2pOVeu1 Bulls Take Series Opener at Memphis, 4-2 The Bulls tallied one run in four separate innings MEMPHIS, TENN., APRIL 21, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team clubbed 10 hits and claimed it’s third-straight 4-2 victory with Friday’s win over Memphis to begin a three-game set. The Bulls (31-7, 6-4 American) tallied runs in the first and second innings to give starter Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.) a 2-0 lead. USF added to the advantage with a David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) solo shot to left leading off the sixth. The Tigers (21-18, 3-7 American) threatened in the bottom half of that inning, putting men on first and third with one out. Junior Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) was brought in, and before he got out of the jam, a wild pitch allowed a run to score. Memphis got back another in the eighth with two outs. After putting men on first and third, a soft roller to Andrew Perez (Orlando) was fielded cleanly. But the throw to first took sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) slightly off the bag, allowing a run to cross home plate. The Bulls answered with a needed insurance run in the ninth, as Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) singled through the right side to score sophomore Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.). Perez was able to close the door in the ninth. Key Stats · Borders went 3-for-5 with two RBI, and he is now hitting over .400 over the last 10 games. · Villar’s homer in the sixth – that turned out to be the winning run – was his fifth of the year and team-leading 40th RBI. · Sophomore catcher Tyler Dietrich (Naples) went 2-for-3 with a run and a walk, while Zech went 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI. · Sanders tossed 5.1 innings, allowed six hits and struck out seven while not issuing a walk. · Cavallaro struck out three in 2.1 and Perez fanned three of the four outs he recorded. · Sanders picked up his sixth win of the season and Perez got his sixth save. Notables · The Bulls improve to 5-3 on the road and 24-20 all-time against the Tigers. · USF is now 12-6 in games decided by two runs or less this season, have won five-straight games decided by two runs and have won three-straight games by a final of 4-2. Up Next The Bulls and Tigers play the middle game tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
  6. If you can't make it, or live in BFE like me, there is a stream tonight: http://facebook.com/USFSoftball
  7. Big series for the Bulls USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2pkwnPb Bulls Head North for Series at Memphis Matchup: USF (30-7, 5-4 American) at Memphis (21-17, 3-6 American) Dates: Friday-Sunday, April 21-23, 2017 Times: 7:30 p.m. | 3:00 p.m. | 1:00 p.m. Location: Memphis, Tenn. | FedEx Park (2,000) Follow: Stats | Listen | Watch TAMPA, APRIL 20, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team leaves Florida for just the second time this season when it begins a three-game series at Memphis on Friday. All three games of the series can be heard on AM 1040 and watched on GoTigers.com. USF started the week with a 4-2 win at North Florida on Wednesday. The Bulls clubbed eight hits, seven of which came from the 1-4 batters in the lineup. The bullpen guided USF to victory, logging 4.2 innings of scoreless ball and posting nine strikeouts. Series History Having met 13 times in the last three seasons alone, the Bulls and Tigers are very familiar with one another. USF leads the all-time series, 23-20, and has slight advantages in both Tampa (12-9) and Memphis (9-8). USF seeks its first series win at Memphis since 2000. Scouting Report – Memphis The Tigers enter the weekend series having lost eight of their last nine games. After a 20-9 start to the year, Memphis has dropped seven games to ranked teams in the month of April, most recently a pair of defeats to No. 9 Arkansas. The Tigers do have two wins earlier in the season over top-15 Ole Miss. The Tigers are led offensively by junior outfielder Tyler Webb, who is hitting .307 with 27 runs scored, nine doubles and four home runs. Senior first baseman Andy Bowman is hitting .282 with a team-high 32 RBI. Freshman infielder Alec Trela is batting .272 with 23 runs and a team-best 13 doubles. Senior infielder Trent Turner leads the Tigers with 30 runs scored and is second on the club with 28 RBI. Redshirt-sophomore Blake Bennett has arguably been the Tigers’ best pitcher. In 19 appearances out of the bullpen, he holds a team-low 2.31 ERA. Probable Pitchers Friday – RHP Phoenix Sanders (4-1, 2.41) vs. LHP Drew Crosby (4-0, 3.69) Saturday – LHP Shane McClanahan (4-1, 2.82) vs. RHP Connor Alexander (5-2, 3.69) Sunday – RHP Peter Strzelecki (1-1, 2.20) vs. TBA Notables The Bulls are receiving votes in the latest USA Today poll (53). The Bulls are currently No. 30 in the latest RPI and No. 25 by the NCBWA. Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) hit .368 last week with three runs, two doubles, two homers and three RBI. He was one of three Bulls to club two hits in Wednesday’s win. He also notched his third triple of the season and has now reached base safely in all but one game. Redshirt-senior Ryan Valdes (Tampa) picked up his seventh victory of the year on Wednesday, improving to 7-0. His seven wins are the third-most in the nation. Key Stats The Bulls’ pitching leads the country in strikeouts per nine innings (10.6). The staff ranks second in WHIP and third in ERA and hits allowed per nine innings. Borders has played 13 games against Memphis in the last three years. He is hitting .391 with eight runs, four doubles, a homer and nine RBI against Memphis. Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) recorded two hits and two runs on Wednesday at UNF. He holds a team-high .407 average and he leads the conference with 34 runs scored. Merrell has gotten familiar with the Tigers, seeing them nine times in his first two seasons. He is batting .395 with two doubles and is a perfect 4-for-4 on steal attempts. In the four matchups between the teams last year, junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and sophomore David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) each hit over .400 with a combined six runs scored.
  8. It'd be great to get out and thank these student-athletes! USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2pHs3GC Bulls to Honor Seniors at South Florida Collegiate USF will recognize 21 seniors during the final home meet of the 2017 outdoor season MEET: South Florida Collegiate DATE: Friday, April 21-Saturday, April 22 LOCATION: USF Track and Field Stadium LINKS: Performance List - Friday | Performance List – Saturday | Schedule of Events | Live Results TAMPA, APRIL, 20, 2017 – The USF track and field team concludes the 2017 outdoor home slate when the Bulls host the South Florida Collegiate on Friday and Saturday. This will be the first meet for the Bulls since competing in the Houston Alumni Invitational on April 8. USF posted three event wins (women’s hammer throw, women’s javelin, men’s pole vault) and recorded eight all-time top 10 marks at the competition. The two-day South Florida Collegiate will begin on Friday at 4 p.m. with the women’s hammer, men’s hammer and women’s javelin throwing events. The meet will continue on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with additional throwing events, and a full slate of jumping and running competitions. Following the 800m men’s running event on Saturday, the Bulls will honor 21 seniors for their contributions to the program. Click here for a full list of the honorees. Here are the USF Bulls who will be participating in the South Florida Collegiate: Women Brittany Barber, 100 Shenica Bazile, 400, 4x1 Nicole Bello, 1500 Jamie Brenner, pole vault Sophia Brown, pole vault Alicia Buck, 1500 Nicole Carroll, pole vault Mira Carrozza, javelin Nastassja Cordero, 5k Khadeeja Dooling, 100, 200, 100h, long jump Rebecca Evans, hammer throw Claire Farnsworth, 1500 Magdalena Ford, 3k steeplechase, 400h Chelsea Francis, 100, 200, 4x1 Yasmine Gardiner, 100, 200 Krysten Golden, 100, 200, 4x1 Michaela Hedderman, 200, 400 Shannon Hildreth, 1500 Bernicia Holifield, hammer throw, discus throw Joy Jackson, 1500 Veronica Jordan, high jump Alicia Kostantinovic, 1500 Tierra Lacey, triple jump Sedona Lafonant, 200, 400 Stephanie Lambeth, pole vault Sarah Leary, 800, 1500 Brandi Lucas, shot put Jada Massie, 100, 200, 4x1 Kianna Mosely, 400 Sophia Orellana, 1500 Mikeia Pooler, 100h, high jump, long jump, shot put Kirby Powers, high jump Frances Rice, pole vault Brianna Rischar, 3k steeplechase Reide Ryans, 100h, 200, high jump Kennedy Shank, pole vault Amanda Sinkler, pole vault Jessica Taylor, 5k Melissa Westmoreland, 3k steeplechase Ashley Wilson, hammer throw Rebecka Wilson, 3k steeplechase Men David Akins, pole vault Michael Babinec, 5k David Bell, pole vault Cody Chernoff, pole vault Jonah Daniels, long jump Zach Diaczynsky, hammer throw, shot put D’Angelo Ennis, triple jump Joe Fogarasi, pole vault Yohance Haynes, 800, 4x4 Luke Lafferty, 200, 400, long jump Derwin Moultrie, 800, 4x4 Mitchell Mueller, pole vault Maurice Nock, 200, 4x1, 4x4 Bruce Robinson, hammer throw, shot put Raekwon Scott, pole vault, 100, 110h, high jump, discus throw David Tampa, 1500 Tequon Terry, 400, 4x4, 4x1 Curtis Thomas, 100, 200, 4x1 Dae Young Yoon, 200, 4x1
  9. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: bit.ly/2phIf4x Bulls Hang On to 4-2 Win at UNF Wednesday USF becomes the 11th team in the nation to reach 30 win JACKSONVILLE, APRIL 19, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball scored runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 4-2 lead and the bullpen tossed a scoreless final 4.2 innings to earn a win over North Florida Wednesday night. The Bulls (29-7, 5-4 American) scored twice in the first, as senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) brought in the game’s first run on a triple to center. He was brought home to make it 2-0 early. But the Ospreys (24-15, 7-2 ASUN) tied things in the third. USF responded with runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 4-2 edge. After two-straight walks to begin the bottom of the fifth, senior righty Ryan Valdes (Tampa) recorded three-straight outs including two-straight strikeouts. The hosts led off both the seventh and eighth with doubles, but the USF bullpen punched out three-consecutive batters in each inning. UNF put two men on in the eighth, but sophomore Andrew Perez (Orlando) was able to close the door for his fifth save of the season. Key Stats Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Borders went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI. He hit his third triple of the season. Sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) also went 2-for-4 with a run and one RBI. Valdes tossed 1.2, walking one a striking out four. Senior Mark Savarese (Palm City, Fla.) tossed the seventh, striking out two. Junior Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) hurled the eighth and struck out a pair, while Perez did not allow a hit, walked two and struck out one. The pen combined for 4.2 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. Notables The Bulls improve to 4-3 on the road and 7-1 in midweek games. USF is now 11-6 in games decided by two runs or less this season. Of the eight hits tonight, seven came from the 1-4 hitters. Up Next The Bulls travel to Memphis for three games with their conference foes beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m.
  10. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: bit.ly/2oJkYH4 Bulls Head to North Florida for Midweek Tilt Matchup: USF (29-7, 5-4 AAC) vs. North Florida (26-13, 7-2 ASUN) Dates: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Times: 6:00 p.m. Location: Jacksonville, Fla. | Harmon Stadium (1,250) TAMPA, APRIL 18, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team ventures up to Jacksonville for a Wednesday night matchup against North Florida at 6:00 p.m. It is the first of four road games for the Bulls this week. The action can be heard on AM 1040. USF salvaged its weekend series against Cincinnati over the weekend, winning Sunday’s game by a score of 4-2. The Bulls dropped the opening game, 9-3, the second in 10 innings, 3-2, but clubbed four solo homeruns in the victory on Sunday. Series History The Bulls put a stop to a two-game slide against the Ospreys with a 7-3 win in Tampa on March 21. The two squads are tied in the all-time series, 7-7. USF leads in Tampa, 6-4, but trails in Jacksonville, 3-1. The Bulls trailed, 3-2, in the seventh inning of the season’s first meeting, until sophomore David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) hit a three-run blast to right. USF scored the game’s last five runs. Juniors Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) and Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) and sophomore Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) each tallied two hits in that game. Scouting Report – North Florida The Ospreys have gone 12-5 since enduring the 7-3 setback in Tampa on March 21. They have won six of the last seven entering a Tuesday nightmatchup at No. 12 Florida. The most prolific offense in the ASUN leads the league in batting average, runs, hits and doubles. The bats are paced by redshirt-senior infielder Patrick Ervin with a conference-best .361 average. He has 33 runs and 22 RBI. Four other Osprey starters are hitting over .300, as junior outfielder Yahir Gurrola is batting .347 with 46 runs scored, fourth in the country. He has 15 doubles and 40 RBI, both tops in the ASUN to go along with six homers. Senior Chris Thibideau is hitting .338 and also has six homeruns. Classmate Alex Merritt and sophomore Matt Berry are batting .327 and .318, respectively, with 49 runs scored and 56 RBI combined. The arms are top heavy, with sophomore and Tampa product Frank German dominating the weekend starts with his 6-0 mark and 2.22 ERA. But junior righty and Tampa native Matt Vaka will go on Wednesday. He has not had a decision in eight appearances and three starts. He holds a 6.30 ERA and has struck out 13 in 20.0 innings. Closer Matthew Naylor has been the anchor at the end of the bullpen with seven saves and a 1.07 ERA in 25.1 innings. He has struck out 28 men. Notables The Bulls are still receiving votes according to USA Today (53). The Bulls are now at No. 30 in terms of RPI and are ranked No. 25 according to the NCBWA. Senior Luke Borders hit .368 last week with three runs, two doubles, two homers and three RBI. Key Stats Borders hit .429 over the weekend against Cincy, as he belted two homeruns in Sunday’s 4-2 win. It was the second-straight weekend in which he hit .429. Sophomore Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) hit a team-best .385 last week with a double, a run scored and two RBI. Cam has either driven in a run or scored a run in the eighth inning or later in each of his last three appearances off the bench. Junior Kevin Merrell continues to lead USF in hitting with his .405 average. The Bulls’ pitching still ranks in the top-five in the nation team ERA (4), hits allowed per nine innings (4) and still leads the country in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.6.
  11. TAMPA, APRIL 18, 2017 – USF Athletics shared in the excitement Tuesday as Tampa Bay won the bid for yet another premier sporting event when the NCAA announced the Bay Area as a host site for the 2020 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds. March Madness in the form of the NCAA men’s tournament will come to Amalie Arena on March 19 and 21, 2020. The selection follows on the heels of the Bay Area hosting the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four and selection to host the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Amalie Arena, both involving USF in a major role. “This is very exciting for the Bay Area and USF. We are so excited as a department to be able to engage our talented staff and resources in helping the Bay Area to continue to host premier national events.” USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “The first-class events that our partners at the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and executive director Rob Higgins have been able to put on in our community, including last year’s magnificently run College Football Playoff National Championship, showcase our community to the nation. USF is committed to being a strong community partner and a part of these endeavors.” As it was with the recent Women’s Final Four, USF Athletics will be heavily involved in conducting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds in downtown Tampa, providing both guidance and resources in everything from event management, and media coordination to marketing and community involvement. I love getting a chance to go to these things here .... but I doubt they'd put us here so I'll be traveling that year.
  12. Annual Spring Game returns to Corbett Stadium for fourth straight season Saturday doubleheader of action with USF Baseball playing at 1 TAMPA, FEB. 14, 2017 – A USF football team that appears in nearly every early preseason Top 25 ranking and returns 16 starters from a bowl game victory over South Carolina, will return to the field for the annual USF Spring Game on Saturday, April 15. For the fourth straight year the Spring Game, which has drawn capacity crowds the past two years, will be played at Corbett Stadium on the USF campus and will be free to the public. The Spring Game will kick off at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the USF/IMG radio network (820 AM in Tampa). A large crowd is expected for the 2017 game and fans are encouraged to bring blankets and utilize seating areas on the grass berms surrounding the playing surface. The football game will be part of a doubleheader of USF Athletics action on campus that day. The Bulls baseball team will take on Cincinnati at 1 p.m. in American Athletic Conference action at Red McEwen Field. A Fan Zone featuring inflatables, music and food will be held prior to the start of the Spring Game. USF will begin spring practice under first-year USF head coach Charlie Strong on March 6 at the Morsani Football Practice Complex. The Bulls will get three practices in before the University’s spring break, which runs March 12-18. USF will return for the final 12 of 15 spring practices starting on March 21. USF Pro Day will also be held on the afternoon of March 21 at the Morsani Practice Complex. Rest of story
  13. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: bit.ly/2ogDXVO Bulls Drop 10-inning Battle to Cincy, 3-2 TAMPA, APRIL 14, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team battled back from a 2-0 hole after the first inning, but it took until the 10th for either side to convert on opportunities, as Cincinnati was able to clinch the series with Friday’s 3-2 win. The Bearcats (18-16, 4-4 American) put together a pair of doubles in the first inning to score runners from first and take a 2-0 lead. But the Bulls (28-7, 4-4 American) loaded the bases in the bottom of the second and plated two men, though the bags were left juiced. Both sides had chances to take leads over the next seven innings with a combined 11 runners left on base. After getting two men in scoring position in the 10th with one out, Joey Thomas flied out to center. Ryan Noda scored from third on a very close play, evading the tag of redshirt-junior Andres Leal (Tampa). The runner on second advanced to third but did not successfully tag up, and the Bulls wisely threw to an open second base for the final out. After getting one man on in the bottom half, senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) doubled to left center to place two in scoring position with two outs. But the Bearcats forced a fly ball to center in the final at bat to end the game. Key Stats Borders went 2-for-5 and was one of just two players to record multiple hits on the night. Sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) went 1-for-5 with a run scored and classmate David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) went 1-for-2 with a run and two walks. Redshirt-freshman Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) pitched the first 5.1 innings and allowed five hits and two runs. He walked four but struck out eight, seven of which were swinging strikeouts. Senior Ryan Valdes (Tampa) tossed 2.2 innings, allowed just three hits and struck out three, including two in a bases loaded jam in the sixth. Notables The Bulls officially dropped their first home series of the season (7-1) with tonight’s loss. The Bulls suffered a similar defeat on March 26 against FAMU with a 3-2 setback in 11 innings. They stormed back with a 7-1 win in the series finale. USF leads the all-time series against Cincy 41-20. The Bearcats have now won four-straight in the series dating back to last season. Up Next The Bulls will look to salvage the three-game series with the finale that begins Saturday at noon.
  14. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: bit.ly/2oFkEtq Bulls Fall To Bearcats in Series Opener, 9-3 USF loaded the bases three separate times TAMPA, APRIL 13, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team took an early 2-0 lead but was outscored 9-1 over the final six innings and dropped the series opener to Cincinnati, 9-3. The Bulls (28-6, 4-3 American) loaded the bases in each of the first two innings and were able to drive in two in the second. After the Bearcats (17-16, 3-4 American) tied the score with runs in the third and fourth, USF retook the edge in the fifth. With the bases loaded, a dropped third strike rolled to the backstop, allowing sophomore Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) to score. But the Bearcats would regain the lead for good in the sixth, as Ryan Noda led off with a solo shot to right center. A pair of errors with men on base allowed two more runs to touch home, making it 5-3. Cincinnati plated four more men in the seventh to take a 9-3 lead. The Bulls loaded the bases for a third time in the ninth with two outs, but no dent was made to the deficit. Key Stats Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) went 2-for-5 with a RBI. Sophomore Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) went 2-for-3 and classmate Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Freshman Collin Sullivan (Randolph, Mass.) pitched the final two innings, allowed just one hit and struck out three. Notables The Bulls stranded a season-high 15 men on base. USF leads the all-time series against Cincy 41-19. The Bearcats have now won three-straight in the series dating back to last season. The six-run deficit the Bulls faced in the seventh was their largest all year. Up Next The Bulls play the middle game of this three-game series tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
  15. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: bit.ly/2pa9ASL Bulls Resume League Play; Host Bearcats For Three Matchup: USF (28-5, 4-2 AAC) vs. Cincinnati (16-16, 2-4 AAC) Dates: Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15, 2017 Times: 6:30 p.m. | 6:30 p.m. | 12:00 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | USF Baseball Stadium (3,211) TAMPA, APRIL 12, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team hosts Cincinnati for a three-game series which begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All three games can be heard on AM 1040 and Thursday’s contest will be streamed on BullsVision. The Bulls won their fifth-straight game with a come-from-behind 8-6 win at Stetson on Tuesday night. Trailing 6-3 at one point, the Bulls scored the final six runs including three in the top of the ninth to take their first lead since the first inning. Sophomore Andrew Perez (Orlando) was dominant in the final two innings to earn the win. Series History The Bulls lead the all-time series against the Bearcats, 41-18. USF leads the series in Tampa, 23-4, and in Cincinnati, 18-12. The Bulls had won 15 of 16 prior to dropping the final two games of last year’s series. Scouting Report – Cincinnati The Bearcats have shown signs of what they’re capable of with two wins over SEC teams, one being a 2-1 victory at then-No. 25 Tennessee on March 10. It was their first of two victories against ranked foes, as they defeated then-No. 1 Louisville on March 21. Cincy is led offensively by the tremendous play of sophomore outfielder A.J. Bumpass. He leads the team with a .356 average, 11 doubles, an AAC-best four triples and 22 RBI. Junior catcher Joey Thomas sits second on the team with a .292 average and classmate outfielder Ryan Noda sits fourth with a .280 average and a team-leading 25 runs scored. Senior righty Andrew Zellner and junior lefty J.T. Perez have each made eight starts but hold ERA’s of 5.49 and 4.60, respectively. Junior righty David Orndorff has made four starts in 11 appearances and holds a 2.97 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. Junior righty Jarod Yoakam has been stout out of the pen. In 16 appearances and 29.1 innings he has a 2.45 ERA with 20 strikeouts. The Bearcats have been excellent in the field, committing the least errors in the AAC, as they have the seventh-best fielding percentage in the nation at 0.983. Notables Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) was named to the Perfect Game Mid-Season All-America First Team on April 6 and was just named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Mids. He leads the team with a .427 average, sixth-best in the country. The Bulls are still receiving the most votes of the non-ranked teams according to USA Today (53). The Bulls are now at No. 24 in terms of RPI and are ranked No. 21 according to Perfect Game. Junior Joe Cavallaro (Naples, Fla.) and senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) were each named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for their efforts over the weekend. Borders hit .429 over the weekend sweep of UCF with a team-best five runs scored, a double, triple and homerun and two RBI. Key Stats Cavallaro was electric out of the pen, logging 5.1 scoreless innings over two appearances. He struck out 10, did not allow a walk and surrendered just four hits. Senior Mark Savarese (Palm City, Fla.) was also sensational out of the bullpen, earning two wins. He pitched two innings and struck out four. He pitched yet another scoreless inning in Tuesday’s 8-6 win with two strikeouts. Sophomore Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) had a huge two-RBI double in an eighth-inning pinch hit appearance last night. In his last three games coming off the bench, Cam has either driven in a run or scored a run in the eighth inning or later. He scored the game-winning runs in the Friday and Saturday game against UCF. Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) continues to lead the Bulls in hitting and sits fourth nationally with a .425 average. The Bulls’ pitching still ranks in the top-five in the nation team ERA (4), hits allowed per nine innings (4) and leads the country in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.9. Promotions Thursday’s contest will be the annual Salute to Service game.
  16. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2pbdUE7 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: April 13, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook USF Announces Contract Extension for Fernandez Head women’s basketball coach contract extended through 2023 TAMPA, APRIL 13, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team has become a mainstay in the national spotlight under the guidance of head coach Jose Fernandez. After a return trip to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season and the fourth in five years, USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan solidified the continued leadership of the program with a contract extension that will keep Fernandez at the helm through 2023. “What Jose has been able to build and sustain in the women’s basketball program at USF over the last 17 years is remarkable and a point of pride for all Bulls fans, ” Harlan said. “We are thrilled that he continues to lead a program that has established itself among the best in the nation and look forward to many more exciting seasons and achievements to come.” The University added two years to Fernandez’s current contract extending it to a six-year deal. Fernandez completed his 17th season with the Bulls in 2016-17 and became the third active coach in the American Athletic Conference to reach 300 career wins. Fernandez is the winningest coach in USF basketball history with a career record of 309-235. He has led USF to five consecutive 20-win seasons, eight in his tenure, and 13 postseason appearances. “I am so appreciative of President Genshaft and Athletic Director Mark Harlan,” Fernandez commented. “Their support of our women’s basketball program is remarkable. The city of Tampa and USF has been home to me and my family for the last 17 years and I am looking forward to continuing to lead this team. There is nowhere I would rather be than here, at this incredible institution and athletic department.” After arriving on campus in 2000, Fernandez transformed the program from three winning seasons in program history to a frequent member of the Top-25 polls. In the last three years, the Bulls have advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round twice and ranked as high as No. 15 nationally in both the AP and Coaches polls. Fernandez has led his teams to three American Athletic Conference championship games and coached back-to-back American Athletic Conference Freshmen of the Year. Fernandez has developed four All-America honorable mentions, including Courtney Williams who became the program’s first All-American in 2016. Williams was also the program’s highest draft pick in the WNBA draft, selected eighth by the Phoenix Mercury in the first round. Fernandez has coached four WNBA Draftees and several national team members from around the world. His eye for talent has also pulled in three five-star recruits in the last two years. Fernandez and the Bulls return a group of 10 veterans to the 2017-18 roster, including four starters from last year’s NCAA Tournament team. The upcoming senior class could be the first class in program history to make four appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
  17. Football: Tony Dungy and Dan McCarney Address Team A wee bit of a difference in presentation styles ....
  18. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2p5KRSc Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Coach Gregory Signs First Commit, Justin Brown Brown averaged 11 points per game during a 43-win season at Hargrave Military Academy TAMPA, APRIL 12, 2017 – University of South Florida head men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff announced the signing of Justin Brown to a national letter of intent on Wednesday. Brown is the first signee of the Coach Gregory era at USF. A 6-6 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. Brown averaged 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals per game. He shot nearly 60 percent from the floor and converted on 39 percent of three-pointers. "We are very pleased with the addition of Justin Brown to our USF men's basketball program," said Gregory. "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." Prior to Hargrave, Brown attended Spain Park High School in Birmingham, where he was an All-State honoree three times and was a four-time All-Birmingham Metro selection.
  19. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: bit.ly/2pn2nhs Bulls Play at Stetson in Season’s First Rematch Matchup: USF (27-5, 4-2 American) at Stetson (23-7, 2-1 AAC) Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: DeLand, Fla. | Melching Field at Conrad Park (2,500) TAMPA, APRIL 10, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team will travel to Stetson for a Tuesday night contest at 6:30 p.m. The game can be heard on AM 1040 and watched on ESPN3 and WATCH ESPN. USF is coming off a weekend sweep of rival UCF in the first War on I-4 series of the year. The Bulls tallied 36 hits in the three games, 29 coming in the final two games. The first two contests of the series ended via the walkoff with Friday’s 5-4 win coming in 11 innings. Series History The Hatters still hold a slim 84-83 margin over the Bulls. The two sides met in Tampa on March 28 and played a closely contested game into the seventh before the hosts plated the final five runs, including four in the eighth. Stetson leads the series in DeLand, 43-36. Scouting Report – Stetson The Hatters have opened up ASUN play with a 5-1 mark, most recently taking two of three from Florida Gulf Coast at home. Stetson opened last week with a near win at Florida on April 4. Leading, 10-1, in the fifth inning, Mother Nature took control of the action and forced a rain delay. The game did not resume and no reschedule date has been set. But the series against then No. 9 FGCU was won with a sensational pitching performance from Logan Gilbert, who had a perfect game through 7 2/3 before ultimately striking out 18 in a two-hit complete-game shutout. The pitching staff as a unit leads the ASUN allowing 8.24 hits per nine innings and sits fourth nationally with 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The offense is still led by sophomore infielder Jack Gonzalez, hitting .337 with two homers and 17 RBI. Sophomore outfielder Jacob Koos is hitting .303 to sit second and leads the team with 30 runs. Classmate Mike Spooner is batting .280 with a team0best 26 RBI. Freshman righty Ryan Stark will throw for the Hatters Tuesday night. He has a 4.75 ERA and will be making his third start in his 14th appearance. He has 30 strikeouts in 36.0 innings. Notables The Bulls are still receiving the most votes of the non-ranked teams according to USA Today (53). The Bulls are now at No. 24 in terms of RPI and are ranked No. 21 according to Perfect Game. Junior Joe Cavallaro (Naples, Fla.) and senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) were each named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for their efforts over the weekend. The Bulls will throw freshman righty D.J. Roberts (Jacksonville) for the first time since the March 28 game against Stetson. Key Stats Borders hit .429 over the weekend sweep of UCF with a team-best five runs scored, a double, triple and homerun and two RBI. Cavallaro was electric out of the pen, logging 5.1 scoreless innings over two appearances. He struck out 10, did not allow a walk and surrendered just four hits. Senior Mark Savarese (Palm City, Fla.) was also sensational out of the bullpen, earning two wins. He pitched two innings and struck out four. Sophomore Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) hit .500, but walked four times over the weekend. Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) continues to lead the Bulls in hitting with a .417 average. The Bulls’ pitching still ranks in the top-five in the nation in WHIP (4), team ERA (2), hits allowed per nine innings (3) and leads the country in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.8.
  20. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: bit.ly/2nCFZ7t Bulls Erase Four-Run Deficit to Beat Stetson USF scored the final five runs to complete the comeback DELAND, APRIL 11, 2017 – Trailing, 6-3, in the eighth inning, the University of South Florida baseball team scored the final five runs including three in the ninth to complete yet another late comeback, defeating Stetson 8-6 Tuesday night at Conrad Park. Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) led off the game with a single, then stole second. After two quick outs, sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) doubled to deep right center, bringing in Merrell to give the Bulls (28-5, 4-2 American) an early edge. The lead was lost quickly when the Hatters (15-20, 5-1 ASUN) scored three in the bottom half of the first. The lead got up to as much as four and the scoreboard displayed 6-3 in favor of the Hatters after 7.0 innings. The Bulls got closer in the eighth with two runs. After loading the bases with two outs, sophomore Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) pinch hit and delivered with a ground-rule double to right center. After two-straight singles for USF to start the ninth, junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) laid down a bunt that rolled toward the third baseman. The pitcher fielded the bunt and fired to first but the throw went over the first baseman, allowing the tying run to score from third. Sophomore David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) came through with a two-RBI single in the next at bat to make it 8-6. Stetson went down in order in the bottom half. Key Stats Juniors Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) and Andres Leal (Tampa) each went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Genord went 2-for-5 with a RBI, sophomore Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and three walks. Sophomore Andrew Perez (Orlando) pitched the final 2.0 innings and was perfect with three strikeouts. Senior Mark Savarese (Palm City, Fla.) pitched a third-straight scoreless inning of at least two strikeouts in the last five days. Notables The 15 hits marks the 21st time the Bulls clubbed double-digit hits this season. The Bulls and Hatters are now tied in the all-time series, 84-84 The four-run deficit was the largest for the Bulls all season. Up Next The Bulls return home for a three-game series against Cincinnati that begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
  21. FLOWERS, QBS KEEPING UP WELL WITH UP-TEMPO ATTACK By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, APRIL 8, 2017 – After putting up videogame-type numbers last year, USF is poised to go even faster downfield with all three triggermen returning to the up-tempo offense in 2017. Heisman hopeful Quinton Flowers, Brett Kean and Chris Oladokun all look sharper this spring and well in command of new coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s accelerated attack. “Those guys have been progressing the whole time and that’s what we were looking for out of those guys,” Gilbert said. “Those guys are processing it, understanding it, letting it marinate and being able to go out and execute it better every day, especially in the scrimmages.” USF students were welcomed out to practice for Saturday’s scrimmage that saw each quarterback showcase their skills at the loud and live Morsani Complex. Flowers made it happen during red zone work, finding Marquez Valdes-Scantling (St. Petersburg) for a 12-yard score before throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass on the run to emerging sophomore slot man Deangelo Antoine(Orlando). Heading into his senior year, Flowers has consistently made plays all spring after exploding on the national scene as a full-time starter in 2016. The dual threat from Miami became the state of Florida’s first collegiate quarterback to throw for at least 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 more in a season that saw No. 9 produce a USF record 42 touchdowns. “When you have a good season like he just had, the only thing you’re looking for is just making sure he doesn’t get complacent, and that’s what he has not done,” head coach Charlie Strong said. “He’s providing a ton of leadership out here and he’s carrying himself the right way.” Flowers got his hands on several school season records as a junior, including USF’s top total offense mark of 4,342 yards during the Bulls’ 11-2 run. USF is looking to be even better in 2017 with its Heisman Trophy candidate sharpening his skills in the deeper passing approach this spring. “We’ve kind of tuned up some things with him, with his throwing mechanics and what he’s done,” Gilbert said. “He’s able to throw the ball around. He’s throwing it with accuracy. He gets it out of his hand and he knows where to take it.” Bulls in Good Hands With Backups The future at USF beyond Flowers sure looks bright with Brett Kean and Chris Oladokun. Both backups have shown they’re more than capable of leading USF’s evolving offense this spring and Saturday’s scrimmage was the latest example. Kean set up a field goal attempt by throwing a perfect over-the-shoulder pass to Stanley Clerveaux (Miami) for a 36-yard gain. Kean, a sophomore from Lakewood, Ohio, is making his push for a return to the No. 2 QB spot with pinpoint accuracy and a great understanding of the offense this spring. “It’s kind of starting to slow down for those guys a little bit and that’s what you’re looking for, that’s your aiming point,” Gilbert said. Oladokun has kept the competition for the top backup spot tight by making plays in dual-threat fashion, like he did Saturday. The redshirt freshman scrambled for a 13-yard touchdown for the first score of the scrimmage and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to fellow Tampa native DeVontres Dukes during red zone work. Oladokun (6-2, 190) has added 20 pounds of muscle since his days at Sickles High School and said he loves running an offense that seems “10 times faster” than last season. “It’s run fun. Sometimes I feel like I’m playing (EA Sports) NCAA,” he said of the popular videogame. “I remember playing NCAA as a kid and just that fast-paced offense, my hand was always on the triangle button. No huddle, no huddle, no huddle.” Rest of report
  22. Former head coach at Marshall (2010-14) and College of Charleston (2002-06) brings 30 years of coaching experience to the Bulls’ staff TAMPA, APRIL 5, 2017 – University of South Florida head men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory announced Tom Herrion as the final addition to the Bulls' coaching staff. Herrion rounds out Gregory’s coaching staff that includes Scott Wagers and Chad Dollar. A head coach at both Marshall (2010-14) and the College of Charleston (2002-06), Herrion has posted four 20-win seasons and earned three postseason berths, including two NIT appearances (2012, 2003). Herrion was most recently a special assistant for Jamie Dixon at TCU, the 2017 NIT Champions. He is also reunited with Coach Gregory following a two-year stint as assistant coach at Georgia Tech (2014-16). “I’m excited to have a coach of Tom’s caliber and experience join our staff at USF,” said Gregory. “Throughout his coaching career, he has always been associated with championship caliber programs, including this past season at TCU. Tom is a great teacher of the game, motivator, and highly successful recruiter. He also adds a new dimension as someone who has been a successful head coach at the highest level. Tom made a huge and positive impact on the team, program and recruiting in our two years together at Georgia Tech. It is great to have Tom and his family a part of the Bulls’ program.” Prior to TCU, Herrion assisted Gregory in helping the Yellow Jackets reach the 2016 NIT quarterfinals. At Marshall, Herrion brought the Thundering Herd to two postseason tournaments, including the NIT in 2012, the program’s first NIT appearance in 24 years. Herrion initially worked for Dixon at Pittsburgh (2007-10), where he was promoted from an assistant to an associate head coach. The Panthers earned three NCAA tournament appearances, won the 2008 Big East Tournament and reached the Sweet 16 in 2007. Rest of article
  23. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: bit.ly/2p6Ls2C War on I4 Resumes This Weekend in Tampa Matchup: USF (24-5, 1-2 AAC) vs. UCF (22-7, 2-1 AAC) Dates: Friday-Sunday, April 7-9, 2017 Times: 6:30 p.m. | 6:30 p.m. | 2:00 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | USF Baseball Stadium (3,211) TAMPA, APRIL 7, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team renews its War on I4 rivalry with the University of Central Florida in the first three of six meetings this season, as first pitch in the Tampa set is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday. All three games can be heard on AM 1040 and Friday’s contest will be streamed on BullsVision. The Bulls dropped the first two conference games of the season at Tulane before winning Sunday’s finale, 7-5. USF pitching was not its dominant self over the weekend, holding a 3.96 ERA with just 21 strikeouts over the three games. The bats hit .320 and produced 33 base knocks compared to the Green Wave’s 24. Series History The War on I4 has been just that, as USF holds a slight edge in the all-time series, 65-59. Both sides hold the upper hand at their respective ballparks, with USF leading 39-25 in Tampa and UCF leading 33-22 in Orlando. The Bulls have won four of the six neutral site meetings. Scouting Report – UCF Winners of five of the last six, the Knights are coming off of a series win over Houston to begin league action. The UCF offense is led by four players hitting better than .320. Senior outfielder Luke Hamblin is hitting a team-best .347 with 27 runs scored, seven doubles and 18 RBI. He is also a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts on a team that sits 11th nationally with 1.93 steals per game. Freshman infielder Rylan Thomas is hitting .346 with 19 runs and a team-high six homers and 30 RBI. Senior outfielder Eli Putnam is batting .336 with 28 runs scored, four homeruns, eight doubles and 22 RBI. Sophomore infielder Matthew Mika is hitting .327 and has stolen a team-best 14 bags. The Knights’ success has been predicated on the performance of the arms. UCF sits second nationally with a 2.23 ERA and 10th with a 1.14 WHIP. They trail only the Bulls in the AAC, allowing 7.53 hits per nine innings. Senior righty Robby Howell will throw Friday nightand holds a 2.28 ERA with a 5-0 record. He has struck out 39 in 43.1 innings. Senior righty Juan Pimentel will go Saturday, as he sports a team-low 1.76 ERA and has struck out 26 in 41.0 innings. Freshman lefty Joseph Sheridan will go for UCF Sunday and holds a 3.13 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. Closer Bryce Tucker has been stellar out of the pen. The sophomore lefty has struck out 38 in just 18.1 innings and has allowed just two runs. Notables · The Bulls are still receiving votes in the USA Today poll and are ranked 26 according to NCBWA. · Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) was named to the Perfect Game Mid-Season All-America First Team on Thursday. He leads the team with a .427 average, sixth-best in the country. · The Bulls will throw senior righty Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.) Friday, redshirt-freshman lefty Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) on Saturday and redshirt-junior righty Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) on Sunday. Key Stats · Sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) hit two homeruns in Tulane, as he has six on the season to lead the Bulls. The sophomore is hitting .389 over the last 10 games and has hit in 11-straight contests. · Classmate David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) is has hit in a season-long 13-straight games. It’s the longest active streak on the team, as he is batting .333 and leads the team with 36 RBI. · The Bulls’ pitching still ranks in the top-five in the nation in WHIP (4), team ERA (3), hits allowed per nine innings (3) and strikeouts per nine innings (2). Promotions It’s a busy weekend at USF Baseball Stadium. Saturday’s game will be the annual “Bark with the Bulls” game. Bring your dog to the ballpark to celebrate two of the world’s treasures, baseball and man’s best friend. The first 50 fans to visit the team store with their pup will receive a free bandana. Sunday marks the 3rd annual Cuts for Cancer game. The USF baseball team will continue its support and fight against cancer. The team has raised more than $30,000 over the last two seasons for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. The players and coaches will be shaving their heads in a special post-game ceremony. All fans in attendance interested in having their heads shaved with the help of Great Clips can do so by making a $5 donation.
  24. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: bit.ly/2oOp6Hc Bulls Rally in Ninth to Win War on I-4 Series A throwing error that could have been a double play allowed the winning run to score TAMPA, APRIL 8, 2017 – Trailing, 5-4, in the bottom of the ninth inning, the University of South Florida baseball team loaded the bases with one out and a routine grounder to short could have turned two, but the throw to first bounced in the dirt and to the wall, allowing the tying and winning runs to score in Saturday’s 6-5 final against UCF. The Knights (23-9, 2-3 American) tied the game in the fourth with a solo homerun off of redshirt-freshman Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.), as it broke up what was a no-hitter. UCF then jumped on the Bulls (26-5, 3-2 American) with three runs in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. USF tallied twice in the bottom half to cut the lead, then the two sides exchanged runs in the eighth. The Bulls nearly tied things up in that eighth frame, but a single to center turned into a throw out at home when the speedy Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) tried to score from first base. In the bottom of the ninth, the hosts loaded the bags with just one out and called on redshirt-junior Andres Leal (Tampa) to pinch hit. Behind in the count 0-2, he grounded the next pitch to short for what could have been a game-clinching double-play. But after the lead runner was out at second, the throw to first bounced in the dirt and to the wall along the right field line, allowing sophomore Cam Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) to score the winning run. Sophomore Cam Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) led off the 11th and singled in his only at bat. After two outs, Borders stepped in and drove a 0-1 pitch slowly up the middle of the infield, allowing Montgomery to score with no throw attempt made for the win. Key Stats Sophomore Coco Montes (Miami) tied a career-best with four hits in five plate appearances. He scored a run and had one RBI. Sophomore David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) each had two hits, as the latter drove in a man and scored once. Sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) went 2-for-5 with a RBI and senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) went 1-for-4 with two runs scored. McClanahan was dominant early, allowing just one baserunner and one hit through 4.0, before allowing three runs in the fifth. He struck out nine men. Senior Mark Savarese (Palm City, Fla.) picked up the win to improve to 3-0 as a reliever. He struck out the side in the top half of the ninth. Notables This was the fourth walk-off win for USF this season and second-straight, as all four have come at home. Déjà vu? Savarese also earned the win in game one of this series while Montgomery also scored the winning run Friday. The Bulls are now 67-59 against UCF all time and 41-25 in Tampa. Up Next Baseball’s War on I-4 continues tomorrow with the final game of the Tampa series. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m., as it will be the third annual Cuts for Cancer game. The Bulls have been raising awareness and money for the Vs. Cancer Foundation up until tomorrow’s game. All USF players and coaches will be shaving their heads during a special post-game ceremony with the help of Great Clips. Those in attendance interested in shaving their heads can do so by making a $5 donation.