Posted: 9:31 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
By Brian G. Many
This weekend was filled with events for USF.
Friday, February 14th
-The Bulls went 1-1 on the day, with a 8-6 win over Wright State and a 1-0 loss to Binghamton. Sara Nevins picked up her first win of the season in the first game of the day after coming in in relief after Wright State went up 6-3 in the third. She allowed only one hit in three innings and struck out five. In the second game, Erica Nunn set a new career high in strikeouts with 10 in 4.2 innings of work. She only allowed one unearned run off two hits, but the Bulls struggled to get anything going offensively and finished with the goose-egg.
Track And Field
-USF competed in the Cupid Classic hosted by Southern Miss in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday. The Bulls finished in the top 3 in two different events, but did not manage to win any. Chase Meyers finished second in the men's high jump with an impressive 2.00 meters and Chris Grinley finished third in the section A finals of the men's 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.45.
-The #59 Bulls lost to the #58 LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, LA by a score of 4-3. USF won their first match in doubles, but dropped the final two. In singles, LSU won the first three matches but USF came all the way back to tie it 3-3 only to fall just short in the final game.
Saturday, February 15th
-USF won the season opener 2-1 over Liberty in the UNF Best Bet Classic, the Bulls were originally going to open off the season at home in a three game series against Maryland Eastern-Shore but were forced to cancel due to travel issues due to the snow storms up north. Sophomore Jimmy Herget started for the Bulls and lasted a solid 7 innings, only giving up 1 unearned run off 5 hits and no walks. Sophomore Luke Maglich had a solid game hitting, going 3-4 and picking up an RBI. Senior Janick Serrallonga came into the game in the 8th and picked up a four out save.
-The Bulls lost in a stunner 75-74. Somehow someone forgot Isaiah Sykes is left-handed and allowed him to go to it in the final possession of the game, the nail in the coffin for the Bulls. USF played with high energy throughout the game and started strong, but allowed UCF to hang in there and payed for it. For more coverage read here.
-The Bulls played a double header against Pittsburgh and top ranked Tennessee. The Bulls rode Sara Nevins (2-2) to a 5-1 victory as she picked up her second win of the year and in two days after dominating 5.2 innings against Pitt. She gave up no runs off only 1 hit and struck out 10. The Bulls had a good showing offensively, scoring 5 runs- 3 coming off of 2 home runs. USF also hung with top ranked Tennessee and only lost by one run at 3-2. The Bulls grabbed the lead early at 2-1 after two innings, but lost it 3-2 in the top of the third and failed to score again. Erica Nunn went the full 7 innings for the Bulls, giving up 6 hits and grabbing 7 strikeouts.
Track And Field
-A school record was broken at the Don Kirby Elite in Albuquerque, NM in the men's triple jump when Shane Lewis got up to 15.95 meters. Although that is best in USF history, that was only good enough to place him fourth in the event. The Bulls excel in the triple jump and have the top two ranked jumpers in the AAC in Lewis and Matthew O'Neil (he also competed and placed sixth with a 15.87 meter jump). They are also ranked 10th and 15th in the nation respectively.
-The USF Women Sailing team hosted a successful intersectional regatta over the weekend. Participants included Boston University, College of Charleston, Eckerd University, U.S. Naval Academy, and the University of Hawaii. USF finished third with a point total of 164 and the College of Charleston went home winners after scoring 110.
Sunday, February 16th
-All cylinders were firing offensively for the Bulls in this one as they beat Richmond 11-4. Levi Borders led the Bulls in hitting by going 3-4 with two runs and one rbi for the Bulls. USF managed to get five runs in the second inning off of only two hits after the first two men got on via an error and a hit by pitch, Borders then singled in a run for the first. Two walks followed forcing the second run to cross home, then a wild throw to home from the third basemen off a grounder allowed two more runs to cross the plate. The fifth came off an rbi single by Daniel Portales. Justin Patrick picked up his first win after coming on in relief for 1.1 innings and giving up one run.
-Sara Nevins went the full 7 innings in a 2-1 win over Illinois in the final game of the USF tournament this weekend. Nevins got her third win of the year and the weekend, moving to a 3-2 overall record. Monica Santos won the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh for the Bulls.
-USF was handed a beating in a packed Sun Dome against the top ranked UConn Huskies. The final score came out to 63-38 but probably wasn't even that close. Although the Bulls did get decent shots, they just couldn't get anything to fall. Meanwhile UConn was doing what UConn does in women's basketball- dominate. No surprises here.
-USF dominated Tulane Sunday in New Orleans by a score of 6-1. The Bulls won all three doubles matches and only lost one in singles. The team will now prepare for their first conference match agains UCF on Wednesday.