Baseball, softball hit weekend with momentum
Here's one way to get rid of bullpen issues: Avoid the bullpen entirely. USF pitchers have given up just one run in their last 23.2 innings, thanks to back-to-back complete-game victories from sophomore Teddy Kaufman and freshman Matt Reed against Florida A&M.
The Bulls (10-7) have used six different starting pitchers, but Reed has had two solid starts, with a 0.60 ERA in his first 15 innings at USF. Lelo Prado's team opens Big East play this weekend at home against Rutgers.
Softball, meanwhile, is off to a 4-0 start in Big East play after a two-game sweep of Rutgers on Wednesday.The Bulls (25-11) had held opponents to two runs or less in 10 of 11 games before the Rutgers games, lowering the staff ERA to 2.04. USF is hitting the ball well, too, with Britta Giddens leading the team with five home runs and 24 RBIs, while freshman Janine Richardson leads with 38 hits and 24 runs scored. Up next is a key Big East doubleheader at Louisville on Friday.
-- With news that former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy is headlining USF's coaching clinic next month, some of you have asked if that raises any NCAA issues, since the Bulls are actively recruiting Dungy's son, Eric, a receiver at Plant High School. There aren't any issues, USF explains, because Dungy is volunteering his time for the coaching clinic.
-- Former Bulls running back Andre Hall, currently a free agent after two seasons with the Denver Broncos, has signed with Miami-based agent Drew Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus lists about 120 NFL clients on his website, including former USF players Mike Jenkins and Chad Simpson. Hall, who dropped his agent of three years, Jonathan Kline, in the past month, said Wednesday that the Arizona Cardinals are a possibility for him in free agency.
-- USF soccer has lost one of his assistants to Wake Forest, which eliminated the Bulls in last year's NCAA Tournament. Bo Oshoniyi has accepted a job with the Demon Deacons and will work with their goalkeepers.
-- Times columnist Gary Shelton writes on former USF director of basketball operations Brad Greenberg, who has Radford in the NCAA Tournament and facing North Carolina in the opening round.
-- Add Mississippi to the growing list of BCS football schools playing two I-AA opponents this season, like USF. Kansas State is doing the same.