Infielder Butler suspended indefinitely
Senior infielder Dexter Butler, the only USF baseball player named to the Big East preseason all-conference team, has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Butler, who has started 158 games over the last three seasons, did not play in USF's season-opening series with Indiana State. The senior from Key West ranked third on the Bulls last season with a .324 batting average and finished with 44 RBIs, one off the team lead.
USF baseball coach Lelo Prado could not be reached for comment Monday. The Bulls started freshman Jonathan Koscso in Butler's place at second base this weekend, and Koscso went 2-for-11 in his first games at USF, with both hits coming in Sunday's 6-4 loss.
In other news, USF's Addison Maruszak and Daniel Thomas were named to the Big East honor roll for the week after Maruszak went 7-for-13 (.538) with his first home run of the season and Thomas pitched five scoreless innings of one-hit baseball, striking out seven in Friday's season opener.
The Bulls (2-1) next play Thursday at home against Oklahoma State, with an exhibition scheduled for Friday afternoon at Legends Field against the New York Yankees. USF plays at home against Northwestern on Saturday and against Oklahoma State again Sunday.