Gload headlines new USF Hall of Fame class
USF athletics announced the members of its second Hall of Fame class on Saturday night, headlined by current major-leaguer Ross Gload.
Gload, now with the Philadelphia Phillies, has played for six teams in nine major-league seasons, but he's being honored for leading the Bulls to three straight NCAA Regional appearances from 1995-97. He still holds three Bulls hitting records and was the 1997 Conference USA Player of the Year.
Track standout Kerine Black, who won Conference USA titles in nine different events, will also be inducted, having been honored as C-USA Athlete of the Year three times. She still owns nine school records, and earned five All-America honors in the long jump, triple jump and 4x100 relay.
USF tennis player Sherry Bedingfield, who was head coach of the Bulls' women's tennis program for 23 years, amassing 348 career wins, will be inducted, as will be men's soccer coach Dan Holcomb, who had a winning record in each of his first 22 seasons at USF.
Swimmer Joe Lewkowicz, who won USF's first national championship in 1969 in the 200-meter butterfly, rounds out the Hall of Fame class. He was a 12-time All-American in five events, helping the Bulls finish as high as second nationally.
-- USF baseball ended a four-game losing streak, getting a two-run home run by Sam Mende and stellar pitching from Andrew Barbosa and Kevin Quackenbush in a 2-1 home win against Seton Hall.
The Bulls (20-24, 11-6 in Big East) got six solid innings from Barbosa (6-2) and then three hitless innings of relief from Quackenbush, who got his fourth save. Mende's third home run of the season came with one out in the fourth, after Daniel Rockhold had been hit by a pitch.
USF is now tied for fourth in the Big East standings, while Seton Hall (15-23-1) is ninth with a 5-12 mark.