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It's not only always sunny in Philadelphia

Pardon the headline for a moment, but USF's first-place baseball team got a key 8-5 win Sunday against Cincinnati, then got a lucky break when second-place Louisville had its game at last-place Villanova rained out. That game won't be rescheduled. Here's the USF game story from the Bulls' official site.

The Bulls (17-4) now have a 2.5-game lead on Louisville (14-6) with six games remaining in the regular season. St. John's (14-7) is also still in the hunt.

The rainout keeps Louisville from an easy win, and that means USF needs only to win at most four of its remaining six conference games to clinch the Big East regular-season crown. The Bulls' final three games are at Louisville, after playing three at Notre Dame next weekend. Notre Dame, picked to finish third in the league in preseason, has disappointed this spring with a 10-10 conference record, including a modest 6-5 league record at home.

The Bulls could even clinch the Big East regular-season championship next weekend -- if USF sweeps Notre Dame and Louisville and St. John's split their three-game series in any way, the Bulls would clinch the top seed in the Big East tournament in Clearwater later this month. If Louisville or St. John's sweep their series, or if USF fails to sweep Notre Dame, first place is still in play in the final weekend of the season.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:23pm]


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