USF baseball, softball go for double-double
A huge weekend for USF spring sports continues today, and the Bulls' softball and baseball teams have similar challenges: Both must beat an opponent twice today to keep their seasons alive.
It starts at 1 p.m. in Clearwater, where USF baseball has found their bats for back-to-back wins in the Big East tournament after an opening loss to Connecticut. Having eliminated Pittsburgh and top-seeded Louisville, the Bulls now must beat the Huskies -- twice -- to advance to Sunday's championship. It's not as difficult as it sounds -- USF swept a three-game series with UConn just two weeks earlier.
Softball, after Friday night's three-hour, 30-minute marathon against Hofstra, which ended as a 2-1 loss in 11 innings, get a chance to even the best-of-three series, with Game 2 set for a 2:30 first pitch and broadcast on ESPNU. After a sellout and stadium-record 1,561 fans last night, tickets are going quickly again -- if the Bulls can win Game 2, the two schools will meet a half-hour later, with the winner headed to the College World Series in Oklahoma City.
We'll have writers at both venues -- correspondent Ian Lanphier will be in Clearwater and I'll be on campus -- so stay tuned here and on Twitter for updates throughout the day.