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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 -- 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).

[Last modified: Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:46am]


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