USF baseball sweeps Bearcats to open Big East play
The start of Big East play has sparked USF baseball, which is now above .500 after a three-game home sweep of Cincinnati over the weekend, improving their record to 13-11.
Since a 1-5 start against tough competition, USF is now 12-6 since, and the Bulls are tied with Pittsburgh as the only teams to get three-game sweeps in the opening weekend. Lelo Prado earned his 200th career win as well, reaching the milestone during the sweep.
The Bulls' bats came through for eight runs in all three games, starting with a 12-hit attack in the opening 8-3 win, which started Friday night and was resumed after rain on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Jimmy Herget threw four shutout innings in the opener, and starters Nick Gonzalez and Joey Lovecchio earned wins in the remaining games. Chris Norton continued his strong start at the plate, getting three RBIs in the second game, and Nik Alfonso added three hits in Sunday's finale.
The Bulls play host to Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday night, then travel for three games at Georgetown (15-8, 1-2 in Big East), playing Thursday-Saturday due to the Easter holiday weekend.