USF baseball avoids sweep, takes No. 4 seed
USF baseball avoided a sweep with a 5-4 win in 12 innings at West Virginia in the final Big East event the Mountaineers will host -- and despite finishing just a game out of first place, the Bulls will have the No. 4 seed in the Big East tournament this week in Clearwater.
USF (34-20, 17-10) will open the tournament Wednesday at 8 p.m. against fifth-seeded Connecticut -- a team the Bulls sweep just a week ago in their final home series. Had the Bulls won more than one game against West Virginia, they would have earned a share of the Big East crown, though USF would have taken the No. 3 seed with tiebreakers going to Louisville and St. John's.
The Bulls prevailed in 12 innings on Saturday after an RBI groundout by freshman Buddy Putnam, scoring Jimmy Falla, who had walked and advanced on a single by Kyle Teaf. USF got 4.2 innings of scoreless relief from Austin Adams and Steven Leasure.
Louisville and St. John's shared the Big East regular-season title, but the Cards have the top seed in Clearwater because they won the head-to-head series. Pittsburgh earned the final spot in the tournament field, directly thanks to USF's win at West Virginia. A West Virginia win would have created a four-way tie for eighth place, putting Georgetown in after a lengthy tiebreaker.