Huskies earn rematch with Bulls tonight
Connecticut, the lowest-seeded team in the Big East championships, has proved a persistent underdog, scoring three runs in the eighth inning Friday to stave off elimination with a 3-0 win against fifth-seeded USF. The Huskies earn a second shot at the Bulls tonight, and the winner of that game advances to Saturday's championship game.
Freshman Matt Quevedo took a shutout into the eighth inning, but he and fellow freshman Shaun Sanford gave up three runs there, and USF could muster only three hits against the Huskies. Yuri Higgins gets the start tonight for USF, making just his fifth start of the season, with a 5-3 record and a 4.93 ERA that is the second-highest among Bulls starters this year. A loss tonight for the Bulls (34-25) would likely end their hopes of landing an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Lelo Prado won't get another shot at his old team at Louisville. The Cardinals were eliminated Friday night in a 3-1 loss to second-seeded Rutgers, the Knights' second win against Louisville in 10 hours. Can the Bulls join Rutgers in Saturday's title game?