USF 7th seed in AAC baseball tourney
Injury-besieged USF (23-31) narrowly avoided the No. 8 seed for this week's American Athletic Conference baseball tournament, but only by virtue of some help elsewhere.
The Bulls, swept at home by No. 3 seed UConn in a series that ended Saturday, faces No. 2 East Carolina (34-19-1) in their tourney opener Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Clearwater's Bright House Stadium.
The bright news for Bulls fans: USF took two of three from the Pirates on the road two weekends ago. Those victories are the only two triumphs in May for the Bulls, who have a handful of pitchers on the shelf and have been without all-AAC C Levi Borders (bacterial infection) since late March.
UCF (25-31), swept by ECU to close the regular season, is the No. 8 seed. Tulane (37-17) clinched the No. 1 seed by surviving a 3 1/2-hour rain delay to edge Houston 4-3 on Saturday.
Games on CBS Sports Network
Game 1: No. 5 Houston (33-22) vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (26-28-1), 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 UCF (25-31) vs. No. 1 Tulane (37-17), 7 p.m.
Game 3: No. 7 USF (23-31) vs. No. 2 East Carolina (34-19-1), 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 6 Memphis (19-37) vs. No. 3 UConn (33-22), 3 p.m.
Game 5: Houston/Cincy loser vs. UCF/Tulane loser, 7 p.m.
Game 6: USF/ECU loser vs. Memphis/UConn loser, 11 a.m.
Game 7: Houston/Cincy winner vs. UCF/Tulane winner, 3 p.m.
Game 8: USF/ECU winner vs. Memphis/UConn winner, 7 p.m.
Game 9: Game 7 loser vs. Game 5 winner, 11 a.m.
Game 10: Game 8 loser vs. Game 6 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 10 a.m.
Game 12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 13: Game 11 loser vs. Game 11 winner (if necessary), 4:30 p.m.
Game 14: Game 12 loser vs. Game 12 winner (if necessary), 7:30 p.m.
(Game on ESPNews)
Game 15: Championship, noon
* Wednesday-Saturday games can be seen only via American Digital Network