USF baseball, softball keep rolling in Big East
USF's baseball and softball continued their strong play on the road this weekend, with first-place baseball getting a road sweep at Connecticut to extend their win streak to 12 straight games, and softball going 13 innings to win a key series at DePaul with a 4-3 win.
Lelo Prado's baseball team -- now 26-14 and 10-2 in the Big East -- saw pitcher Joe Lovecchio pitch into the seventh and give up only three hits, improving to 4-2 with the victory. Shortstop Kyle Teaf reached base three times, extending his on-base streak to 34 games, and he scored twice. Three Bulls relievers combined for 2.1 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief, with Chad Taylor throwing a perfect ninth.
Softball (37-13, 15-2) is third in the Big East standings, but taking two of three at DePaul is a major accomplishment. Junior Sara Nevins pitched all 13 innings, outdueling Blue Demons ace Kirsten Verdun. Nevins struck out 14 batters, but pitched extremely well to get out of jams -- she allowed 10 hits and walked seven, but forced DePaul to leave 17 runners on base.
With Sunday's win, USF softball coach Ken Eriksen has 731 in his career as a head coach, matching baseball's Eddie Cardieri for the most wins by any coach in USF history. He'll have a chance to earn the record for himself Tuesday as the Bulls play a doubleheader Tuesday at Seton Hall (4-10 in Big East).
USF has only five Big East games left, all against teams with losing conference records. The two teams ahead of the Bulls in the standings -- Louisville (15-1) and Notre Dame (13-1) -- have a three-game series against each other, and Notre Dame has three against DePaul, so the Bulls have a much easier finish than the teams they're battling with atop the standings.