Roundup: Two walkoffs end strong Saturday
If last weekend was the one where nothing seemed to go right for USF, then Saturday was the exact opposite -- road Big East wins for men's and women's basketball, then walkoff wins for baseball and softball to continue the opening weekend in their new stadium complex.
Here's a link to our men's basketball story -- Augustus Gilchrist built on his strong play of late with a career-best 32 points. He's just the third USF player to score 30 or more in a Big East game: Dominique Jones did it six times, and James Holmes did it in 2005-06 with 35 against Seton Hall.
USF's women's basketball team got just its second Big East game, with Andrea Smith getting the winning basket with just six seconds left for a 59-58 win, after Villanova had hit a go-ahead three with 15 seconds remaining. Here's the story from USF's official site. A great game for Tiffany Conner, who played 37 minutes, with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and zero turnovers; Leondra Doomes-Stephens had 19 points, and Andrell Smith played 31 minutes without a turnover, with four assists.
After falling short on Friday night, USF baseball got its first walkoff win since 2009 on Todd Brazeal's ninth-inning home run for a 3-2 win. Starter Andrew Barbosa left in the fifth with tightness in his forearm, but Kyle Eastham pitched four scoreless innings of relief, and Zack Pietrzyk pitched a perfect ninth for the win. Impressed to see the attendance at 2,161 -- the Bulls wrap up the three-game series Sunday at 1.
Softball, too, bounced back from an afternoon loss to Missouri, getting a walkoff win against Illinois State on a ninth-inning hit by Janine Richardson. Stephanie Medina had two home runs for USF, which saw another freshman, Sara Nevins, pitch in both games Saturday. USF takes on No. 2 Alabama at 12:30 today, with a game against Temple afterwards.