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Late rally keeps baseball undefeated



It's only two games against Indiana State, but the way USF has opened the season has been promising for Lelo Prado's second season with the Bulls.

Take Saturday night, when one new player -- sophomore Chris Rey, a transfer from Miami Dade College -- hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, then rarely used Victor Pina, who went 0-for-4 his entire freshman year, came through with the game-winning RBI single in the 12th. Closer Shaun Sanford pitched three scoreless innings to get the win in relief.

"For us to win there must be a hero every night,” Prado said on USF's official site. “Tonight it was Victor Pina.”

USF's softball team continues to alternate between impressive and disappointing, getting a 10-run no-hitter from three pitchers in a 1-0 win against Hofstra on Friday, then losing 2-1 to Wright State. On Saturday, the Bulls lost to Wisconsin by the same score -- that's a total of three runs in three games on their home field. It was clear the Bulls would have elite-level pitching this season, but it remains to be seen if they'll have the bats to play at a high level.

There's not much that remains to be seen for USF's women's basketball team, whose hopes for making the Big East tournament took a big hit Saturday with a 66-56 loss at Georgetown. With three games remaining, USF is 3-10 in conference play, one game out of 12th place with games remaining against Notre Dame (8-4), Pittsburgh (8-5) and Marquette (7-7). The Bulls have only one win this season against a Big East with seven or more wins, and they'll need at least two in the next two weeks if they want to play in Hartford. The two teams immediately ahead of the Bulls with 4-9 records, Georgetown and St. John's, have beaten USF and thus have the tiebreaker advantage should they share the same record.

Questions or comments from you guys who have seen the spring teams in person? We'll get an update in from the NFL combine and more later tonight ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:12pm]


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