USF baseball stumbles, drops two at Seton Hall
While USF softball is playing at home today at 4 for a Big East title, the Bulls' baseball team will try to bounce back from a pair of one-run losses at Seton Hall on Friday.
The Bulls (32-18, 15-5) dropped from first place to fourth place in the league standings but remain just two losses out of first place as Pittsburgh (15-3) and Louisville (14-4) didn't play Friday and have separate doubleheaders today. Because USF swept Pitt -- and because the Panthers and Cards play each other three times next weekend -- the Bulls are still very much in play for the regular-season title.
Friday's losses were close -- the Bulls led the first game 1-0 and starter Jimmy Herget took a shutout into the seventh, only to see the Pirates rally for two runs. USF rallied to tie the game in the eighth, only to see Seton Hall answer with a run in the bottom of the inning.
The second loss was more frustrating for the Bulls, who outhit the Pirates 9-3 but fell in part due to three errors, leading to four unearned runs. USF clawed back from an early 4-0 deficit and had the tying run at third when the game ended. The losses themselves aren't that damning from an NCAA bubble perspective -- Warrennolan.com has USF with an RPI of 56 today, while Seton Hall is up to 33.
If USF can win today, they'll be no worse than third in the standings, with a three-game series hosting fifth-place Rutgers (10-8) next weekend to close out the regular season. Pitt and Louisville each have three games in the next two days, then play each other next weekend. The Bulls would lose a head-to-head tiebreaker with Seton Hall, which finishes the season at home against St. John's (7-11).