Going Going, Back Back, To Tally Tally
After having their hopes of winning both the regular season and conference tournament dashed on Saturday by Tulsa, USF Softball learned that they will be headed to the Tallahassee Regional for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It's almost a repeat of the last USF NCAA regional in 2014 where they also landed in Tallahassee, and faced South Carolina as the opening team.
USCe trounced the Bulls 7-1 in the season opener back in February. Ken Eriksen's team eliminated the Gamecocks in the aforementioned 2014 regional semis, so they look to play a little deja vu and duplicate those results this weekend. The regional will also feature hometown teams FAMU out of the MEAC and eighth seeded Florida State who's hosting the event.
Men's Tennis Season Ended in Gainesville
FINAL || #9 UF 4, #17 USF 0— USF Men's Tennis (@USFBullsMTennis) May 15, 2016
The Bulls remarkable season comes to an end in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament #BullsUnite
It was a fantastic season for the #17 USF Men's Tennis Team, but just one day after stomping out St John's, their NCAA tournament run came to an abrupt end falling 4-0 to #9 Florida in the second round. Featuring four ranked players in their singles lineup, the Gators were too much for even all-around boss Roberto Cid to overcome as the three-peat AAC champs fell behind early and couldn't gain the momentum needed to stage a comeback on Sunday afternoon.
"We were up in some of the matches but Florida was too good today," AAC Coach of the Year Matt Hill told GoUSFBulls.com. "We know they are a good team, they are SEC champions and we have a lot of respect for them."
Baseball Takes Series at East Carolina
You're welcome Tulane. With tremendous outings from Brandon Lawson and Luke Borders (that you can read about in Nathan's recaps), the Basebulls pulled into into Greenville, NC and upset #21 East Carolina, taking two out of three from the Pirates. The series victory also snapped a six-game losing streak.
As the season draws to a close this weekend, the Bulls are in a dogfight with Memphis to simply stay out of last place in the American. With the AAC Tournament in Clearwater next week, you don't want to play first-place Tulane right off the bat, so locking down the #7 seed and potentially facing East Carolina again is critical for Mark Kingston's club.
Up Next: It's home sledding from here on out. After a Tuesday night matchup at home vs. Jacksonville, the Bulls close out regular season with a three-game series vs Uconn in Tampa.
Bulls Compete at AAC Outdoor Championships
Check out this video of South Florida athletes competing in the AAC Outdoor Championships this past weekend. With 92.50 points, the men's track and field team placed fourth in the overall competition, their best finish in the event to date.
In particular, senior Matthew O'Neal has cemented himself as one of the greatest athletes in USF school history. The #2 ranked triple-jumper in the nation won the event with a distance of 54-11.50 (16.75m) which was a personal, school, UCF Track Complex, and AAC record. But that's just a routine occurrence for O'Neal, who now owns ten all-conference honors.
SUPER IMPORTANT BIG 12 CONFERENCE UPDATE!!!
Nope. Still nothing happened. The conference meetings can't come soon enough so we can be done with this never-ending discussion.
Don't forget to follow along as USF Men's Golf begins their NCAA tournament run in Albuquerque today. See you next week Bulls fans!