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Softball's Ecks released from hospital

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USF softball pitcher Cristi Ecks, who collapsed during a team practice Tuesday afternoon, was released from University Community Hospital over the weekend, USF announced in a news release.

There has been no update on Ecks' medical status or what might have caused her to collapse. It's unknown when or if she'll be able to return to softball -- her teammates won three of four games over the weekend in doubleheaders at Rutgers and Villanova. You can read more about Ecks in this story from Wednesday's Times.

-- Meant to post this last night, but was busy with the women's Final Four. Sophomore cornerback Dylan Douglas, who had three tackles on special teams as a freshman, has left the football team and will transfer to a smaller school where he's in better position to earn playing time.

Douglas, who entered spring drills listed as a top backup at cornerback, is the eighth defensive scholarship player to opt to transfer since December, which has hurt the Bulls' depth on that side of the ball. Like Douglas, the other seven -- defensive linemen Josh Smiley, Brandon Peguese, Kyle Dampier, Corian Garrison and linebackers Donte Spires and Marvin Peoples -- weren't expected to play significant roles in 2008.

USF has shifted two offensive players to defense this spring to help offset the losses, with guard Sampson Genus impressing coaches enough to become a second-team nose tackle and running back Tyson Butler showing promise in his first work at cornerback.

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