Prado: Bulls' 15-2 loss to Miami 'embarrassing'
TAMPA -- Whether it was the 15-2 loss to No. 15 Miami in Tuesday's "Florida Four" tournament or the fact that USF dropped to 1-6 on the season, Bulls coach Lelo Prado isn't at all happy with how his team has opened the year.
"I'm totally embarrassed," Prado said. "I don't know how a group of guys ... it's just embarrassing. If you're going to get to where we want to go, you've got to compete. That can't come from coaches. That's got to come from players getting out there and competing."
The 15 runs allowed match the second-most allowed by USF in 184 games under Prado, trumped only by the 18 runs Central Michigan put up in a win in Prado's first month with the Bulls in 2007. There was much to be concerned with Tuesday -- three errors, 10 walks, and only six hits on a big stage. Asked what concerned him most, Prado was blunt.
"Everything," he said. "You've got to make plays. You've got to hit. And it ain't going to get any easier this weekend going to Oklahoma, I can tell you that. Our older guys have to step up. We're just not very good right now, and we have to get a lot better real fast."
USF's 1-6 record matches their worst after seven games in the program's history. The only worse starts the Bulls have are a 1-7 start in 1981 and a 1-8 opening in 1969.
Bulls starter Teddy Kaufman (0-1) lasted only three innings, but four of the seven runs he allowed were unearned. Of the six relievers the Bulls used for one inning each, five gave up hits and four allowed runs. USF avoided the shutout with two runs in the seventh, but those came on a bases-loaded walk to Junior Carlin and a wild pitch.