Barbosa fans 16 in 3-hit shutout of Cincinnati
USF's starting pitching has been stellar in the past three weeks, the latest off-the-charts game from lefty Andrew Barbosa, who struck out 16 Cincinnati batters in a three-hit shutout as the Bulls won 7-0 Friday night.
Barbosa (3-1) struck out 16 while walking just one batter -- it at least matches the most strikeouts by any Bulls pitcher in 23 years, since Jon Alexander struck out 17 in 1987, matching Mark Moore's 1978 record.
The Bulls (12-15) also got home runs from Stephen Hunt and Daniel Rockhold in improving to 4-1 in Big East play and ending a two-game losing streak. USF finishes the series in Cincinnati on Saturday, then returns home to face Central Florida on Tuesday.
It's the third complete game with 12-plus strikeouts for USF in the past three weeks -- Teddy Kaufman struck out 14 in a complete-game shutout of Central Florida on March 17 and Randy Fontanez fanned 12 in a no-hitter in Big East opener against Notre Dame.
-- Probably deserves a headline of its own, but USF soccer standout Zak Boggs is a finalist for the Sullivan Award, which is given to the nation's top amateur athlete each year. The winner will be announced April 14, but just being a finalist is a huge honor for Boggs and for USF.
-- Some cool pics from today's Yankees spring training game, where USF coach Skip Holtz got to throw the ceremonial first pitch, then he and his dad hung out with Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner.
-- Found a photo of Jim Leavitt from Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's pro day this week, from Soonersports.com -- click to the sixth picture in the slideshow to see Leavitt talking to Mike Holmgren.
-- Profootballweekly.com has a lot of blind quotes from front-office types, talking about the bust potential of USF defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Clearly some folks that don't like him as a first-round pick ...