Thursday: Chat live with Greg Auman
It's been a long climb, but USF is finally up at .500 baseball for the season, with a 16-16 record after completing a three-game sweep of Georgetown with a 6-2 win Sunday. The win puts USF at 8-1 in conference play and alone in first place in the Big East standings, three weeks into the conference season.
Stephen Hunt had a three-run home run, his fifth of the year, to spark the Bulls at the plate, and Matt Quevedo won for the second Sunday in a row, holding the Hoyas (16-15, 2-7) to one run in five-plus innings. Reliever Andrew Salgueiro pitched three innings of one-hit relief to earn his first save of the season.
Sunday's win was about the little things -- USF didn't walk a batter, committed only one error and turned three double plays. Five times, the Bulls reached base after being hit by pitches, including twice each by Jonathan Koscso and Eric Sim.
The Bulls have no midweek game this week, and face a key road series at Rutgers, which is 6-2 and third in the Big East standings. USF played this weekend without one of its top hitters in outfielder Ryan Lockwood, who hit a foul ball off the back of his leg last weekend and has missed the last four games.
-- An update on softball's 2-0 loss to first-place Notre Dame on Sunday -- the Bulls managed one hit for the second game in a row. For the series, USF hitters went a combined 5-for-62 at the plate in dropping to 18-19 on the season.