USF baseball has key series with Notre Dame
With an 18-8 record, USF baseball has matched its best 26-game record in 15 years, and the Bulls are at home this weekend for a key Big East series against Notre Dame.
The Bulls and Fighting Irish both opened 3-0 in conference play, joining Louisville and Connecticut atop the league standings. The Bulls have an advantage this season because they also face Louisville and UConn at home. USF and Notre Dame are two of only three Big East teams with fewer than 10 losses, with Louisville as the only other, so winning this series would set the Bulls up among the league's top contenders.
USF opened up 18-8 in 2007, Lelo Prado's first season, when they started 22-8, and they were 18-8 in 2004, opening 23-8. To find a better start, you have to go back to 1997, when USF opened 19-7 on the way to a 39-24 record and NCAA regionals appearance. The Bulls are seeking their first NCAA berth since 2002.
The Bulls open the three-game series with Notre Dame tonight at 7, then play again Saturday at 6 and Sunday at 1. USF softball, off to a 30-5 record and fresh off a win at No. 4 Florida on Wednesday, is on the road this weekend at Pittsburgh, starting with a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.