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Behind strong pitching, USF goes for sweep today

After two strong pitching performances to open a weekend series with St. John's, USF baseball goes for its first Big East sweep of the season Sunday afternoon.

The Bulls (21-21, 10-7) got eight shutout innings Friday night from senior Randy Fontanez, then saw Junior Carlin and Matt Reed combine for seven solid innings in Saturday's 5-2 victory. In both games, USF got a scoreless ninth from closer Kevin Quackenbush, who now has 11 saves on the season and has lowered his ERA to a miniscule 0.99.

At the plate, the big hit Saturday came from senior Todd Brazeal, who had a two-run home run to put the Bulls ahead in the fourth. Jonathan Koscso and Sam Mende had two hits each as well.

USF has moved itself into a three-way tie for fourth in the Big East standings -- St. John's entered the series with a 10-4 league record, but if the Bulls win Sunday, they'll move ahead of the Red Storm to gain at least a share of third place with nine conference games remaining. A sweep would go a long way toward securing USF a spot in the Big East postseason tournament, where only eight of the league's 12 teams participate.

[Last modified: Sunday, May 1, 2011 9:17am]

    

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