Softball makes pitch for Big East crown
Want to get in a link to a story in Thursday's paper, previewing USF in the Big East softball tournament at Notre Dame. The Bulls have incredible pitching depth, with four aces who rank among the Big East's six lowest ERAs. Sophomore Cristi Ecks currently leads the nation with a 0.60 ERA, but juniors Bree Spence and Courtney Mosch and freshman phenom Kristen Gordon aren't far behind. The second-seeded Bulls could have a finals showdown Saturday against DePaul, which has two aces of its own and swept USF with a pair of 2-0 two-hitters in Chicago last month.
Four USF softball players took home All-Big East honors Wednesday night. Senior Danielle Urbanik, leading the Bulls in batting average, home runs and RBIs, earned first-team honors, as did leadoff batter Britta Giddens. Junior Kit Dunbar and Ecks earned second-team honors.
Just to update last night's commitment from St. Pete Northeast linebacker Armando Sanchez -- Northeast coach Jay Austin tells me this morning that USF has also offered defensive lineman Javonta "Shaq" Boyd, and he expects an offer soon for running back Jeff Brinson. Sanchez is a good case of USF trying to get ahead of the curve as a prospect's first offer from a BCS conference, but he was drawing interest from top academic programs like Duke and Stanford as well. Sanchez said Wednesday night he may take some visits this fall, just for the experience of it, but said he's definitely bound for USF.
One more link: here's the Wichita Eagle story on Ejike Hart signing with Gregg Marshall and the Shockers.