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Baseball falls in ninth for fourth straight loss



Taking a 1-1 game into the ninth inning, USF gave up a two-out, two-run single in a 3-1 loss to Seton Hall on Friday night for the Bulls' fourth straight setback.

USF (19-24, 10-6) got a quality start from ace Randy Fontanez, but stuck with him in the ninth inning, even after he walked and hit the first two batters in a tie game. Fontanez got to two outs with runners at second and third, but Seton Hall's Will Walsh hit a two-run single for a 3-1 lead. Seton Hall (15-22-1, 5-11), which got eight strong innings of three-hit ball from starter Joe DiRocco, got a perfect ninth from reliever Benny Mejia to close out the win.

Two of USF's three hits came from sophomore Daniel Rockhold, who leads the Bulls with 14 RBIs in Big East play. All four of USF's recent losses have come at home, and the Bulls get another shot at the Pirates at 7 p.m. Saturday, with the series wrapping up Sunday at noon.

-- USF women's golf won two major Big East awards, as Marci Kornegay was honored as Big East Coach of the Year, and freshman Shena Yang was named Freshman of the Year. Yang and teammate Rachel Edwards were unanimous selections to the All-Big East team.

-- Good news on the football recruiting front, as Lake City Columbia receiver Jamaal Montague said Friday that he has raised his grade-point average and entrance exam scores enough that he has now qualified academically and expects to join the Bulls this fall. Montague, who finishes his senior year on May 12, will have a good chance to play right away as the Bulls have lost key players at receiver, with Carlton Mitchell going to the NFL and senior A.J. Love expected to miss at least the first half of the season recovering from a knee injury suffered in USF's spring game.

-- Basketball recruiting: Davante Gardner, the 6-foot-9, 280-pound center from Suffolk, Va., will announce his college decision on Monday afternoon. He's choosing between USF and Marquette.

-- The Times' Brandon Wright has a feature on former USF receiver DeAndrew Rubin as an advance for Saturday's Tampa Bay Storm home game against Arizona.

[Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:24am]


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