It's official: USF in Big East baseball tourney
Just to remove any doubt from the last post, the Big East's sports information office has confirmed that USF is one of five teams that have clinched a spot in next week's Big East tournament in Brooklyn. The Bulls sit fifth in the standings with three games to play and could finish as high as fourth, but that would yield the same opening-round matchup against Pittsburgh as the fifth seed, just a different dugout.
Even with that clinched, the Bulls have plenty to play for, as coach Lelo Prado is still optimistic his team can land an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. If USF (30-22) can just play .500 ball the rest of the season -- no easy task against the remaining opponents -- the Bulls will finish with their best record in a decade, since going 39-24 in 1997 under Eddie Cardieri.