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Weekend Roundup: Home Run Derby

Graduation Weekend, a home-run derby raising money for Meredith Bissette, and a baseball series to forget. This is your Weekend Roundup.

171 home runs were smacked out of the USF Softball Stadium in support of Meredith Bissette's fight against Chordoma.
171 home runs were smacked out of the USF Softball Stadium in support of Meredith Bissette's fight against Chordoma.

Chordoma, C "U" Later

Having over a week off until the conference tournament begins, USF Softball held a Home Run Derby fundraiser in support of sophomore teammate Meredith Bissette, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

Players, coaches, and members of the entire USF athletic community took part Sunday afternoon, and in ten "innings" of play 171 homers were belted out of USF's softball stadium as the Green team beat the Gold squad 90-81. Before the actual derby, a silent auction was held which included items such as Derek Jeter autographed memorabilia, Tampa Bay Lightning jerseys, and more.

"I want to thank everyone for the huge support I have received from friends, family, my entire USF family, the softball community, and supporters through social media," Bissette said when speaking to the team website. "I feel like I have the confidence to overpower this cancer and it is thanks to y'all."

The #MereBearStrong campaign has resonated nationally as various teams and players from all over the country have shown their support. As of now, the GoFundMe for Meredith's fight against Chordoma has raised roughly $16,000 in donations so far. If you wish to donate, you can do so here.

As for the AAC champs this week, they will head to Tulsa this weekend for the AAC Tournament where they will enjoy a first-round bye and face the winner of Houston and Memphis at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Baseball Swept by Green Wave

Sooooo, yeah. The other thing that happened over the weekend was last place USF getting swept and outscored 20-5 at the hands first place Tulane.

South Florida's struggles this season has been well-documented here while the Green Wave is the class of the conference, so this wasn't too much of a surprise. Nathan Bond covered the games live on our Twitter feed and did an excellent recap on Sunday, so we'll blame him for the sweep. #FireNathan

Up Next: The Bulls will be on the road all week. After making a quick stop in Gainesville for a Tuesday night showdown with Florida, South Florida will travel up to Greenville, NC for a weekend series with second place East Carolina.

Zach Benjamin Transfers to Arizona

It looks like former USF wide receiver Zach Benjamin will be taking his talents to Tuscon to play for Arizona.

The three-star, class of 2013 WR committed to USF but didn't see any playing time in his two-year green and gold career before deciding to transfer out last spring. Considering how crowded the USF receiver unit would become, he made the right choice. Hopefully he'll find a way to be utilized under Rich Rod in Arizona.


Nothing. The conference head honchos won't meet until the end of the month, but Mark Harlan did confirm to season ticket holders that he's aware of it and trying to get the Bulls in the best situation possible moving forward.

Earning Their Degrees

Finally, shout out to the numerous students across the board who got to walk across the stage and take a picture with Judy Genshaft over the weekend. Cherish your memories of Fowler Avenue and bleed green and gold wherever you go (not literally, you will die).

Also, if you haven't yet, make sure you check out last week's Unnamed USF Podcast.