Bulls shut out of Big East tourney
Unable to find the bats to match their solid pitching, USF's run at the Big East championships ended Friday with a pair of shutouts against Connecticut, the lowest-seeded team in the tournament field.
USF came in needing one win in two chances against the Huskies to advance to Saturday's championship, but Connecticut scored three runs in the eighth inning of the first game, a 3-0 win. In the second game, USF's Yuri Higgins, making just his fifth start of the season, took a shutout into the seventh, but Connecticut struck for two runs there. That's all they needed in a 2-0 win, as USF was held to four hits, the third time in four games the Bulls had four or less.
In four games in Brooklyn, USF scored just four runs, and Friday's losses hurt the Bulls' chances of landing an at-large berth to the tournament. The Big East isn't likely to get more than three bids, and Louisville, Rutgers and St. John's have better overall records, though USF has a comparable RPI rating.
Connecticut will face second-seeded Rutgers in Saturday's championship game, broadcast at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.