TAMPA — USF junior right-hander Shawn Sanford, drafted in the 13th round by the San Francisco Giants, said Thursday that he has signed a professional contract and will not return for his senior season with the Bulls.
USF got good news, however, as two players from Tampa-area high schools, Jefferson's Chad Taylor and Alonso's Ray Delphey, said they will not sign with the pro teams that drafted them and will enroll at USF in the fall.
"I love USF so much …but it's a little more promising for me to start in the pros this year," said Sanford, who went 5-4 with a 4.68 ERA as a junior.
Taylor, drafted in the 13th round by the Cubs, said he couldn't come to an agreement with the organization. "It had to pay me enough to get me out of college," he said. "… I think it's in my best interest to go to college."
Taylor batted .342 with six homers and 24 RBIs as a senior shortstop, but pro scouts also looked at him in centerfield.
Delphey, a right-hander drafted by the Padres in the 42nd round, is recovering from the knee ligament surgery he had two months ago and had been doing rehab work through USF.
"Ever since my injury, I was pretty sure I was going to USF, but now I know," said Delphey, who is on schedule to be allowed to play again in October.
Delphey was 5-0 with a 0.92 ERA in seven starts for Alonso.
World Series: Kole Calhoun hit the tying grand slam in the fifth inning and the go-ahead double in the seventh, and Arizona State (51-13) erased a four-run deficit in a 12-5 win over North Carolina (48-18) at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. ASU plays No. 1 Texas tonight. The Sun Devils must beat Texas twice to advance to next week's best-of-three finals.
Football: Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien says former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, 25, hasn't made a strong enough case to be released early from prison and wants the parole board to reject the request. Clarett was sentenced in September 2006 to serve at least 3½ years for a holdup outside a bar and a separate highway chase that year that ended with police finding guns. Clarett hopes to begin working toward an NFL career.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.