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These guys could use some sunlight



To be sure, USF has enjoyed its share of sunbeams lately, and soon might snag a few more rays.

But the eclipses have been pretty profound as well.

Some baseball and softball meltdowns, not to mention a succession of men's basketball defections, have served as bleak bookends to the conference crowns captured by the men's and women's tennis teams Sunday afternoon. Perhaps 'bleak' is too mild a term. Consider:

* The softball team's five-inning, 17-1 loss Wednesday night at Florida was the worst in program history, which dates to 1985. The Bulls (33-14) hadn't surrendered that many runs to an opponent in more than eight years.

* The baseball team (22-18) lost two of three in a critical series at No. 12 Houston, relinquishing leads in the eighth inning of both defeats, before a 5-3 home loss Tuesday to Florida Gulf Coast.

* Freshman center John Egbunu, projected as the Bulls' 6-foot-10 cornerstone for seasons to come, was granted his release, becoming the fifth scholarship player to depart since Stan Heath's dismissal.

So we ask: Who had the roughest week -- Ken Eriksen (softball), Lelo Prado (baseball) or Orlando Antigua (men's hoops)?

And bear in mind, the sun will come out tomorrow.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:41pm]


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