Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

South Florida eliminated from Big East baseball tournament in Clearwater with loss to Connecticut Huskies

CLEARWATER — USF rallied from an 8-1 deficit Saturday to have the tying run at the plate in the eighth and ninth innings, but the Bulls saw their season end with a 10-8 loss to Connecticut in the Big East baseball tournament semifinals at Bright House Field.

"We just didn't stop them early, and that hurt us," USF coach Lelo Prado said. "We had opportunities and just didn't get it done."

The second-seeded Bulls (34-25) matched their most wins in three seasons under Prado, but with enough talent to compete for a Big East crown, anything less was a disappointment.

"This is a bad taste," said freshman shortstop Sam Mende, who went 4-for-4 in his hometown. "We have to bring a different mentality and realize what could have been this year, what we have to do next year."

No. 6 seed UConn (36-23) got four home runs, including two by third baseman Mike Olt, who had five RBIs. The Huskies play at 11 a.m. today against top seed and defending champion Louisville, which defeated Notre Dame 7-6 Saturday night. The Fighting Irish forced that game with a 6-5 win over the Cardinals earlier.

The Bulls lost seven of their last 10 league games. Their RPI is realistically too low to get an at-large bid, so they'll likely miss the 64-team NCAA field for the seventh season in a row.

FSU IN FINAL: Despite losing 9-2 to Georgia Tech to end pool play in the ACC tournament, in Durham, N.C., Florida State still clinched a spot in today's final. The Seminoles (42-15) face Virginia, which defeated Duke 11-7 to earn its spot in the final.

Calathes leaving Gators for Greece

GAINESVILLE — Nick Calathes no longer has neither the desire nor the option of returning to Florida for his junior season.

Calathes has decided to play pro basketball next season in Greece, ending speculation over whether the Casselberry native would return to the Gators. Calathes, who averaged a team-leading 17.2 points, will play for Panathinaikos.

He is of Greek heritage and is familiar with basketball there. Last summer, he failed to make Greece's Olympic team, but he spent several weeks playing for the Greek National Team in the FIBA Under-20 championships.

Calathes, 20, has not signed a contract, but a deal is imminent. Florida officials said coach Billy Donovan would have no comment Saturday evening. Whether Calathes will be allowed to keep his name in the NBA draft was uncertain. Last week, several draft analysts did not have Calathes listed as a first-round pick.

Calathes leaves after two seasons. His departure leaves UF with just one scholarship point guard on the roster, sophomore Erving Walker.

SOFTBALL: Game 1 of host Florida's best-of-three Super Region matchup against California was rained out. It was moved to 10 a.m. today with Game 2 to follow. … Alabama's Kelsi Dunne became the first player to throw back-to-back no-hitters in NCAA postseason play, holding Jacksonville State hitless for the second straight day. The host Crimson Tide advanced to the College World Series.

TENNIS: Miami's Laura Vallverdu beat Florida's Marrit Boonstra 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the women's singles championships in College Station, Texas.

FOOTBALL: The NCAA ruled Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon ineligible for his senior season after a failed drug test. … Oregon backup QB Justin Roper has been granted his release.

Times staff writer Antonya English and Times wires contributed to this report.

South Florida eliminated from Big East baseball tournament in Clearwater with loss to Connecticut Huskies 05/23/09 [Last modified: Sunday, May 24, 2009 12:05am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over 'inappropriate conduct' (w/ video)


    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.
  2. Fennelly: With playoff chase in high gear, it's time for Rays to make a move

    The Heater


    Thursday was an off-day for the Rays, who are coming off a solid western swing. I assume there was no rest for the tag-team Rays baseball brain trust of Matt Silverman, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom, whose job it is to improve this team in advance of the trade deadline. They've done a good job …

    Evan Longoria is glad to see the Rangers coming to town: He’s batting .296 against them with 15 homers and 56 RBIs in 69 career games.
  3. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip


    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
  5. Bucs raise prices for single tickets to marquee games


    The Bucs will have single-game tickets for 2017 home games on sale July 28, with a new wrinkle: the best games will cost more for fans.

    Bucs fans cheer Jameis Winston after a victory in their final home game of the 2016 season. Individual tickets for the Bucs' three most coveted home games (against the Patriots, Bears and Giants) will cost more in 2017.