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USF #SpringOfRingz Weekend Wrap

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Baseball, softball and men’s tennis were all in action over the weekend.

Due to Easter (and Passover) all USF teams wrapped up action on Saturday instead of the traditional Sunday. Let’s go around and see how they all fared this weekend.

Baseball (20-9, 4-2 AAC):

After dropping the first game of the series versus Tulane on Thursday night, the Bulls bounced back to take two-of-three from the Green Wave behind 24 runs on 27 hits combined on Friday and Saturday night. 1B Joe Genord hit two two-run home runs on Friday to pace the Bulls to an easy 14-3 win.

Outfielders Kyle Phillips and Garrett Zech went back-to-back to jump start an eight-run second inning. 3B David Villar went 3-of-4 with four RBI and RHP Peter Strzelecki threw six shutout innings and struck out eight.

After blowing a 5-1 lead on Saturday, the Bulls came back with three runs in the eight inning to capture the series with a 10-8 victory. Errors continued to be a problem Saturday as they had four more (13 errors in the last six games).

This is the first time since Tulane joined the American Athletic Conference in 2014 that USF was able to win the series.

They will travel to Houston for three games starting on Friday.

Softball (27-14, 5-1 AAC)

Head coach Ken Eriksen just keeps finding ways to win. After a brutal month of February he had his team rolling in the month of March going 20-4 and finishing the month by taking two-of-three on the road against conference foe Memphis Tigers.

Freshman pitcher Georgina Corrick struck out ten on her way to a complete to help USF win 4-1. OF Astin Donovan was the difference on offense when she a three-run HR in the fifth inning to give the Bulls the lead for good.

3B Brooke Hartman provided the offense on Friday with two home runs of her own and pitcher Cheyenne Eggens threw six shutout innings to clinch the series.

Memphis pitcher Molly Smith stifled USF hitters on Saturday as the Tigers took the final game of the series.

USF will face Houston in Tampa beginning on Friday.

Men’s Tennis (7-13, 1-1 AAC)

It has been a rough season for men’s tennis as they haven’t been quite able to match the level of play we’ve come to expect from four-time defending conference champions.

The Bulls beat SMU 5-2 on Friday taking four-of-six singles points but dropped the doubles point. On Saturday, they lost 4-0 to FAU on senior day in which they honored Peter Bertran and Grayson Goldin.

USF will travel to Memphis for one of their three remaining matches before the conference tournament. Let’s hope head coach Ashley Fisher can work his magic to right the ship before the season ends.