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Barbosa Wins Record Third Straight National Weekly Honor for USF

Courtesy: USF

Release: 04/05/2010

TAMPA- For the third consecutive week, a University of South Florida pitcher has been named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Lou Pavlovich of Collegiate Baseball News.

Junior lefthander Andrew Barbosa is the one of five players, and the latest Bull to be honored by the celebrated national listing.

"It is unheard of to have three straight national pitchers of the week," added Prado. "It is certainly a credit to (pitching coach) Lazer (Collazo) and the job he has done with our pitching staff."

USF is now the first school to have three different pitchers win national weekly honors in consecutive weeks.  However, USF is not the first school to have consecutive winners. In 2009, Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State won it four weeks in a row. Prior to that, the only person to win it three or more times in a row was Mark Prior of Southern California in 2000.

"He deserves it," said USF head coach Lelo Prado. "It is not very often that a pitcher can strike out 16 batters in game. He has pitched well all year and hopefully he can continue to pitch that way in the future."

Barbosa struck out a career-high 16 batters during a 9-inning, complete game 5-0 victory over Cincinnati. He only allowed 3 hits and 1 walk. Barbosa was just one shy of the school record of 17 strikeouts set during the 1987 and 1978 seasons.

Of his 16 strikes, 14 were swinging. He struck out the side in both the fourth and fifth innings and struck out a batter in every inning except the ninth.  The big lefty also struck out a batter in every position of the Bearcat lineup, one through nine.

Barbosa is the third Bull in as many weeks to be recognized by Louisville Slugger. Senior Teddy Kaufman (March 22) and junior Randy Fontanez (March 29) have picked up the honor the past two weeks.

With the win, Barbosa is now 3-1 on the season, having won his last three starts, with a team-leading 2.53 earned run average. He is second in the team in innings pitched (46.1) and strikeouts (52).

http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=204922760

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USF Earns Third Consecutive BIG EAST Baseball Pitcher of the Week Recognition

Courtesy: BIG EAST Conference

Release: 04/05/2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior Andrew Barbosa became the third straight USF pitcher to earn BIG EAST weekly baseball honors after a convincing performance against Cincinnati on April 2. As BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week, Barbosa was joined by Louisville senior first baseman Andrew Clark as BIG EAST Player of the Week for the week's recognitions.

Barbosa threw a complete game, three hit shutout in USF's 5-0 victory over Cincinnati on April 2. Barbosa struck out a career-high 16 batters, just one shy of the school record of 17. Of his 16 Ks, 14 were swinging. He struck out the side in both the fourth and fifth innings and struck out a batter in every inning except the ninth. Barbosa did not allow a runner to reach third base and saw only two Bearcat runners reached second. Of his 128 pitches, 100 were strikes. He only walked one batter, which came in the ninth inning. He faced just seven batters over the minimum.

In Louisville's four wins last week, Clark hit .556 (10-for-18) with four home runs, 10 RBI, nine runs scored and a slugging percentage of 1.333. The senior started the week with a game-winning two-run homer against Indiana with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Hoosiers on March 30. In the series-opening win over Villanova on April 1, Clark finished 5-for-5 with two home runs, including his third career grand slam, and five RBI overall. The series sweep of VU put the Cardinals in a three-way tie for first place in the BIG EAST standings.

Honor Roll

Jeremy Baltz, St. John's, Fr., LF

7-14, .500 AVG, 5 R, 9 RBI, 2 2B, 1 HR, Team: 4-0

Casey Gaynor, Rutgers, Sr., RHP

1-0, 9.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 SO, 1 BB, Team: 2-1

Dean Kiekhefer, Louisville, Jr., LHP

1-0, 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 SO, 1 BB, Team: 4-0

Rand Ravnaas, Georgetown, Sr., CF

6-13, .462 AVG, 1.309 SLG, 6 R, 6 RBI, 2 2B, 3 HR, Team: 2-1

George Springer, Connecticut, So., OF

5-12, .417 AVG, 6 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 4-for-4 SB, Team: 3-0

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pretty cool; nice find.  guess Lelo gets to hang around another week or so, eh?

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pretty cool; nice find.  guess Lelo gets to hang around another week or so, eh?

13-15 still isnt good...they are gonna have to win just about every game left to end with an acceptable record.

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Casey Gaynor, Rutgers, Sr., RHP

1-0, 9.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 SO, 1 BB, Team: 2-1

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Dean Kiekhefer, Louisville, Jr., LHP

1-0, 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 SO, 1 BB, Team: 4-0

18 innings and 1 unearned run. That should be what the BULLS strive for - DEFENSE.

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pretty cool; nice find.  guess Lelo gets to hang around another week or so, eh?

13-15 still isnt good...they are gonna have to win just about every game left to end with an acceptable record.

they can lose 4-5 more games and get in post season i think

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pretty cool; nice find.  guess Lelo gets to hang around another week or so, eh?

13-15 still isnt good...they are gonna have to win just about every game left to end with an acceptable record.

Again, you have to remember that we played 7 games against top 20 teams to start the season and have another 2 games coming up. 

I really don't get our fan base.  On one hand we complain that our schedule is too weak, then when its improved we complain about not winning every game.  Can't have your cake and eat it.

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but runner, you have to realize that all of these critical 'fans' are titans of industry and/or the sports world, having accomplished great things after tremendous effort, so they set the bar pretty high.

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pretty cool; nice find.  guess Lelo gets to hang around another week or so, eh?

13-15 still isnt good...they are gonna have to win just about every game left to end with an acceptable record.

Again, you have to remember that we played 7 games against top 20 teams to start the season and have another 2 games coming up. 

I really don't get our fan base.  On one hand we complain that our schedule is too weak, then when its improved we complain about not winning every game.  Can't have your cake and eat it.

Nobody's complaining we scheduled too hard. People are complaining we laid an egg against good competition when we were supposed to be a top 30 team going into the season. This team was hyped up to be something it has not proven itself to be so far. A top 30 team would've stolen a game against one of the ranked teams we played (shouldn't have blown game 3 to UF). Add on that we lost a home series to 6-20 Eastern Illinois.....that's not exactly tough scheduling. We also blew the game to Ohio State, after actually scoring on Wimmers. Ohio St has since lost to WEBBER INTERNATIONAL AND ROLLINS.

I am not a doom and gloom person and I am a huge fan of Prado, this program, and have made it to a majority of the home games this year, but for you to act like it's the fans fault for expecting to be COMPETITIVE, then that's plain stupid.

A couple of weeks ago, Kendall Rogers (NCAA baseball writer) called USF one of the nation's biggest disappointments thus far.

I realize that we can still do this thing, but the team HAS to win mid week games and dominate in conference. At this point it will probably take a conference tourney championship to make it, but we can hope.

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