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USF's Fontanez named Big East pitcher of week

USF senior Randy Fontanez was honored as the Big East Pitcher of the Week after throwing eight scoreless innings Friday in the Bulls' 2-0 win against St. John's. His gem Friday set the tone for a three-game sweep of the Red Storm that saw USF pitchers allow just three runs in 29 innings.

Bulls junior first baseman Todd Brazeal was named to the league's weekly honor roll after batting .455 for the week with two home runs and five RBIs.

Fontanez is second in the Big East with 39 strikeouts in conference play, and his four league wins is second only to Connecticut's Matt Barnes, a likely first-round draft pick. His 2.14 ERA also ranks among the league leaders in conference play.

USF (22-21) next plays Tuesday night at home against Central Florida before resuming conference play with a three-game series at first-place Connecticut starting Saturday.