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USF Athletics Weekend Round-Up 4/9-11

The weather and COVID protocols leave multiple sports cancelling or postponing their weekend competition.

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Former USF Basketball Center Jordan Omogbehin - Omos - wins WWE Raw Tag Team Title

The 7’3” 400 lb(!?) Omos made his WWE in-ring debut at WrestleMania 37 at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday night and didn’t disappoint. The former USF Center (2011-14) teamed up with AJ Styles to take on 11-time Tag Team Champs The New Day and defeated them almost single-handedly. Omos’ dominant debut ended in pinning Kofi Kingston with one foot to win his first match—and championship—in the city he played college basketball.

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No. 13 Women’s Soccer Finishes Regular Season Undefeated with draw at Cincinnati

USF needed double-OT and a draw to come out of the American Athletic Conference Standings unscathed in the final game of the regular season on Sunday at Cincinnati. Senior Fanny Pelletier-Laroche tallied her first goal of the season in the 76’ to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead before Sophie Gorman for the Lady Bearcats hit the equalizer eight minutes later. Cincinnati outshot the Bulls 14-9 (8-6 on-goal) with goalkeeper Sydney Martinez securing seven saves in 110’—her most saves and shots faced on the season.

With the win the Bulls clinched sole possession of the American Athletic Conference regular season title and will host the AAC Tournament as the no. 1 seed. USF will look to defend its Conference Tournament crown starting Thursday vs. ECU at 7 p.m.

Softball takes two of three from Tulsa in rain-affected series

After losing a midweek doubleheader to Florida in Gainesville, the Bulls welcomed in the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, and the rain followed in a weekend series that had one game get suspended and rescheduled and another canceled outright.

Game 1: USF 3-1

Junior pitcher Georgina Corrick pitched another gem striking out 12 batters in her 12th complete game of the season giving up one unearned run in the first inning. The Bulls tallied runs in the third, fifth, and sixth on nine hits to secure the victory.

Game 2: Tulsa 7-2

The first game of a scheduled doubleheader saw Tulsa capitalize on a 5-run sixth to win 7-2. USF committed three errors on the afternoon despite tying the game in the bottom of the third. The sixth inning saw two Tulsa batters get hit by pitches—one of which scored a run—and an error that led to an unearned run.

Game 3: USF 2-1 - 9 innings

The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader ended up being suspended in the fifth inning tied 1-1 due to inclement weather and resumed early Sunday morning. The Friday starters for both teams pitched Saturday afternoon and resumed Sunday morning continuing a pitcher’s duel that saw both players pitch the distance and tally 12 strikeouts between them. Corrick won her 12th game on the season as freshman Josie Foreman launched a walk-off homer—her first on the year—in the ninth inning to secure the series win right before the rain began.

The originally scheduled game for Sunday was canceled due to inclement weather and will not be rescheduled.

USF (19-10, 9-2, 2nd AAC) will face FGCU this weekend for a non-conference showdown at home.

Men’s Soccer loses 1-0 at Tulsa, end season on four-game losing streak

The USF Men’s Soccer team (4-6) ended their regular season losing 1-0 in Tulsa (6-3-1) after the Golden Hurricane broke the scoreless tie in the 83’. The Bulls outshot Tulsa 12-6 (5-2 on-goal) as goalkeeper Kazuna Takase tallied one save in his 90 minutes of work.

This game had no shortage of stoppages with a lightning delay in the 16’, a blackout delay in the 88’, and then the sprinklers came on, but hey we love a little Twitter competition between SIDs!

Bob Butehorn’s squad finishes fifth place in the AAC Standings, three points behind SMU for the final seed in the Conference Tournament this season.

No. 39 Men’s Tennis beats FAU at home on Friday, 4-1.

Despite the Bulls winning the first doubles court, FAU rallied to win the point in a pair of 7-6 victories, but USF swept singles competition to secure the dub. Sophomore Ivan Yatsuk, junior Sergio Gomez Montesa, and sophomore Chase Ferguson all won in straight sets to get the Bulls back in the win column after a couple of conference losses last weekend. USF’s Sunday matchup vs. conference-mate Wichita State was canceled due to inclement weather.

USF (12-8) will face Memphis (8-5) and Tulsa (11-9) this weekend at home to wrap-up regular season competition.

Women’s Tennis drops War-on-I4 Match 7-0 in Oviedo

The Bulls won one set between all courts against the no. 18 Knights.

USF (7-13) will complete regular season competition vs. no. 45 Tulsa this Saturday.

USF Baseball series vs. Tulane postponed due to COVID related issues at USF

We’re not out of the woods yet, folks. Stay safe out there.

USF (12-14, 2-2 AAC) is scheduled to face C. (14-18, 4-4 AAC) in Oviedo for a four game set this weekend.