USF baseball falls 7-3 to Central Florida
Midweek losses doomed USF baseball last season, and the Bulls' weeknight woes were back again Tuesday in a 7-3 home loss to Central Florida.
USF (13-16) got a solid five-plus innings from redshirt freshman lefty Kyle Parker, making his first career start, and the Bulls trailed the Knights (19-12) just 4-3 entering the eighth inning, but four Bulls relievers combined to give up three runs to put the game out of reach.
The Bulls had opportunities in the last two innings, but couldn't get any closer on a night in which they left 10 runners on base. Injuries continue to limit the Bulls, as outfielder Ryan Lockwood sat out the game after fouling a pitch off the back of his leg over the weekend -- he's unlikely to play in this weekend's series against Georgetown. Redshirt freshman Alex Mendez, who stepped in as leadoff hitter, had two hits and scored two runs for USF -- the top four in the Bulls' lineup combined for seven hits.
The Bulls drop to 3-4 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this season, after going 8-7 last year. USF plays host to the Hoyas (14-12, 2-4 in Big East) this weekend, hoping to continue a strong 5-1 start in conference play, led by dominant performances from its starting pitchers.
-- The Times' Joey Knight reports that USF football signee Terrence Mitchell, a potential state champion in track in the 100 meters, might not be able to compete in the postseason after being disqualified for using improper language during Tuesday's county championships.