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Baseball wins, but misses Big East tourney

Minutes before USF's final regular-season game ended, the Bulls were eliminated from contention for the Big East tournament, marking the first time in six seasons in the league that the Bulls won't play in the conference tournament.

USF rallied for three runs in the ninth to beat Pittsburgh, scoring the winning run when Luis Llerena bunted in Todd Brazeal for a 4-3 win, but it was a hollow victory for the Bulls. USF (25-29, 13-14) needed a win Saturday and needed one of three teams to lose, but none of that help came, with Seton Hall, Cincinnati and Notre Dame all picking up the wins they needed to earn a trip to Clearwater, the last eliminating USF from the tournament during the ninth inning in Tampa. It was the final home game for seven USF seniors who were honored before the game.

The Bulls have had back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in 30 years, but coach Lelo Prado will be back next season, hoping to build on the excitement surrounding USF's new baseball stadium this spring.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 21, 2011 3:43pm]

    

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