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BULLS BITS

South Florida's baseball team heads into this weekend's three-game series at Memphis having won seven of 10 games.

After beating then-No. 23 Miami twice earlier this month, the Bulls defeated Northern Illinois, St. Louis in two of three games and topped Vermont 12-7 on Tuesday. USF is 12-9 overall and 2-1 in Conference USA.

First baseman Ronnie Handley tied a school record against Vermont with five hits. Jeff Baisley (third baseman) and Myron Leslie (shortstop) hit .545 and .455, respectively, against St. Louis. And designated hitter Chris Cuccia drove in a career-high six runs in the second game against the Billikens.

The Bulls also got good news in regards to the health of sophomore catcher Allen Shirley. Batting .438 earlier this season, Shirley has missed the past nine games with a broken bone in his right hand. Shirley is expected to be in the lineup today against Memphis.

Senior pitcher John Gorham will start his 40th career game against the Tigers.

MEN'S GOLF: Senior Tele Wightman won a playoff at the Cleveland Golf Collegiate Championships this week in Aiken, S.C., leading the Bulls to a second-place finish in the 15-team field.

The Bulls shot a 54-hole total of 851. Virginia Tech finished first with 836.

Wightman shot a career-best 9-under 204 and defeated the Hokies' Johnson Wagner in sudden death. Wightman carded rounds of 68, 69 and 67.

USF headed into Wednesday's final round three shots behind Virginia Tech and held that spot with a final-round 290. The Bulls finished three shots ahead of Kansas.

In addition to Wightman's win, Jay Cavanagh tied for 18th with 213, Ricky Carrillo (215) tied for 25th, Ryan Shears (219) tied for 39th and Brad Quiri (224) tied for 56th.

ALUMNI: Chad Barnhardt, South Florida's first starting quarterback, has been named the head football coach at Lake Wales High. Barnhardt is also the head coach of the Lake Wales baseball team and had been a football assistant.

Barnhardt played two seasons at South Carolina (1995-96) before transferring to USF in 1997.

In two seasons (1997-98), Barnhardt missed one game due to injury and passed for 3,636 yards and 27 touchdowns in 21 starts. He was 12-9 as the starter.

_ ROD GIPSON

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