Notes: NFL draft eve, surprise gem for baseball
Lots to get to on the day before the NFL draft, and I'll start with USF baseball, which bounced back from a weekend sweep at Rutgers with a resounding 9-3 win at Stetson on Tuesday night.
How out of nowhere was the six-inning two-hit performance by rarely-used sophomore Matt Reed? Reed had pitched just one inning all season, which is to say there were 18 USF pitchers with more time on the mound than he had before Tuesday's gem, which is huge because the Bulls have a second midweek game tonight at home against Florida before a three-game series against Villanova. That means saving arms wherever possible, so Reed not only won one game, but helped the Bulls be in position to win others.
What's more, the Bulls (17-19) didn't need Reed's strong outing, as they piled up 15 hits -- four by rightfielder Stephen Hunt, who scored three times. USF's 6-7-8 hitters, Todd Brazeal, Alex Mendez and Manhattan transfer Luis Llerena, went a combined 8-for-11. (He really is a transfer from Manhattan, but I write that to leech traffic from fans of these guys. I'm sure there's a tiny crossover with my readers.)
I'm hoping to catch the second half of tonight's USF-Florida game -- have a previous commitment keeping me from catching the whole thing ...
-- USF's women's golf team had a solid second-place showing at the Big East golf tournament at Innisbrook -- bad of me not to mention that in advance. The Bulls finished eight strokes back of champion Louisville, and freshman Shena Yang finished six strokes off the individual lead, tied for second, with Rachel Edwards finishing two strokes back in fourth. USF's men took 11th out of 12 teams, hurt by a rough opening day with three rounds in the 80s, including an 87.
-- Thanks to regular reader NormalBull -- of Normal, Ill. -- who pointed me toward Illinois State's hiring of former USF women's basketball assistant coach Stephanie Glance (1988-93) as its new head coach. ISU's athletic director is former USF football assistant Sheahon Zenger, so it's a Bulls reunion up there. Nice to get an endorsement from Pat Summitt, and Glance's new salary jumped out at me -- $185,000 a year.
-- This Bleacher Report columnist says he saw every USF game last season, most in person, but he thinks nearly all of the Bulls' NFL draft prospects have been overrated. Seeing Jason Pierre-Paul listed as the No. 13 prospect in the draft, for instance, he says is "just ridiculous."
-- The Fort Myers News-Press' David Dorsey has a good draft feature on USF's Nate Allen, who reveals he had to wear the same clothes on back-to-back days after going straight from a visit to the Cowboys (dinner with Jerry Jones!) to one with the Redskins. Should be interesting to see if Allen can sneak into the first round, or how quickly he'll go on Friday night if he doesn't.
-- I admit I like reading blind quotes -- the dirt you get from "an NFC scout" who remains otherwise nameless -- and there's lots of them in this state draft preview from the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson. Carlton Mitchell's hands are called into question, as is George Selvie's speed.
-- We told you last week that former USF running back Andre Hall was working out for the UFL's Florida Tuskers today. You can add former Bulls defensive end Jarriett Buie to today's workout as well, though safety J.R. Reed said he decided against an invitation, opting to stay on as USF's defensive graduate assistant for a second year.