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USF Athletics Weekend Round-Up 4/16-4/18

Women’s Soccer wins the conference tournament, men’s tennis sweeps the weekend, and Georgina Corrick pitches two more gems.

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USF Women’s Soccer completes the double—wins conference tournament at home by shutting out ECU and Cincinnati

The Bulls bring home another trophy to Champa Bay as head coach Denise Schilte-Brown solidifies herself as one of the best coaches on campus defending their tournament championship from 2019 and winning their fifth AAC title - three tournament, two regular season - by completing the double this season. Recap the AAC champs’ victories vs. ECU and Cincinnati from over the weekend.

USF found out their NCAA Tournament fate on Monday being selected outside the top 16 seeds and playing in the opening round vs. undefeated Northeast Conference Champion Central Connecticut State on Tuesday, April 27 at 3 p.m. in Cary, North Carolina. The team entered the day ranked no. 15 in the D1 Women’s United Soccer Coaches Poll and no. 16 in RPI, but misses out on a first round bye.

No. 37 Men’s Tennis rallies to upset no. 27 Memphis in conference battle at home, 4-2; beats no. 38 Tulsa 4-1

The Bulls headed into familiar territory against the Tigers dropping the doubles point despite an impressive victory by sophomore Ivan Yatsuk and Antonio Muniz on court three. USF then rallied to win the first two singles matches by senior Jakub Wojcik and sophomore Chase Ferguson in straight sets before junior Sergio Gomez Montesa and Yatsuk both collected wins for the final two singles points. Both Montesa and Yatsuk dropped their first sets before rallying in set two 6-2 to a force a third. Montesa swept the third set 6-0 while Yatsuk battled to a 4-3 victory. Antonio Muniz lost in straight sets that evened up the score at 2, before the final two courts were decided.

On Sunday morning the Bulls wrapped up their regular season vs. no. 38 Tulsa losing the doubles point and rallying for four straight singles victories to take the match. Sophomore Ivan Yatsuk, junior Sergio Gomez Montesa, and sophomore Chase Ferguson all won in straight sets, while senior Jakub Wojcik battled to a three set victory to clinch the match.

USF ends the regular season with a 14-8 record and will head to Lake Nona, FL this week for the AAC Tournament.

Women’s Tennis concludes regular season with 4-1 loss to no. 46 Tulsa

The USF women’s tennis team started off their regular season finale with a doubles point victory losing the first match 6-1 to the no. 77 combo of Martina Okalova and Vera Ploner, but rallying to take the next two courts 5-7 and 6-7 respectively. Unfortunately, Tulsa took the first three singles matches in straight sets to take a commanding 3-1 lead. Sophomore Margriet Timmermans took her first set 6-1 before seceding the next two 6-2 and 6-2 to clinch the match for the Golden Hurricane.

USF will head to Lake Nona, FL for the AAC Tournament this weekend.

Baseball loses 3 of 4 to C. in Oviedo

After COVID protocols postponed last weekend’s home series with Tulane, USF went East on I-4 to face the Golden Knights for their second conference series and this time the results were much different. Central Florida swept the Bulls in a scheduled double-header on Friday which saw USF score only two runs and collect 10 hits on the entire day. The G. Knights won the opener 6-0 on a gem by starter Colton Gordon. Freshman Jack Jasiak recorded his sixth straight quality start, but back-to-back home runs—to almost identical spots in the stadium—in the fourth proved to be too much to overcome the rust on offense. The nightcap wasn’t much better as USF left eight on base en-route to a 5-2 loss. The Bulls’ two runs came in the fourth and sixth, but they were already down 4-0 by the third.

Ahead of the Saturday game it was determined the weather on Sunday could come into play, so the War-on-I4 scheduled another doubleheader. The teams split this one with USF losing a 5-4 game in 10 innings in the matinee and slugging an 11-0 win in the nightcap. In the early game the Bulls were down 2-0 in the fifth when freshman Daniel Cantu slugged his third home run on the year to take a 3-2 lead and sophomore Roberto Pena drilled a solo shot to extend it. Central Florida answered in the sixth to tie the game at 4 and walked it off in the 10th. The Bulls had the bases loaded in the top half of the 10th with two outs, but couldn’t plate any runs. The evening game is when the offense exploded. The Bulls scored in five frames collecting 14 hits and four pitchers combined for five hits, nine strikeouts, and no runs. Riley Hogan went 5-6 with 4 RBI, 3 runs, and a solo home run that started the fireworks. Eight different Bulls players recorded a hit in the game. Hogan’s play this past weekend also landed him on the AAC Baseball Honor Roll.

USF (13-17, 3-5) will continue conference play at Houston (13-18, 1-7) for a four game series this weekend.

Softball takes two of three vs. FGCU behind Corrick’s gems.

The Bulls won the opener vs. FGCU 6-0 thanks to another stellar outing by star junior pitcher Georgina Corrick who pitched a complete game shutout allowing only one hit and striking out 13 batters. Junior Bethany Keen delivered at the plate going 2-3 with a run and senior Brooke Hartman had three RBI. The Bulls collected five stolen bases on the afternoon including two each by senior AnaMarie Bruni and sophomore Alexis Johns.

The Eagles answered back in the night game scoring four runs in the fifth that was ultimately a deficit too much for the Bulls to rally from. Freshman pitcher Vivian Ponn gave up three runs on two hits in just under four innings of work. Bethany Keen had another multi-hit game going 3-4 with an RBI. USF collected seven hits, but left ten runners on base on the evening. In contrast, the Eagles had three hits, but left no runners on base.

The rubber match was a repeat of Saturday’s opener with Corrick pitching another complete game shutout, giving up two hits, and striking out 15(!!!!) batters collecting her 15th victory. Keen and Bruni both collected multi-hit days in a 4-0 victory. The Bulls continued their success on the base paths stealing six bases.

Georgina Corrick and dominance is a scheduled post at this point.

USF (20-11, 9-2) will resume conference play this week as they travel to Wichita State (32-5-1, 14-1-1) in a battle between the top two teams in the AAC standings.

Men’s Golf finishes 11th of 17 in Thunderbird Collegiate

USF headed to Phoenix, AZ over the weekend to compete in the Thunderbird Collegiate which featured eight teams in the top 32 in the nation placing 11th with a team score of one over par. TCU placed in first with a score of 818 (-31) and host no. 12 Arizona State was just behind them at 822 (-30). The Bulls finished above no. 32 Baylor, Ohio State, Iowa State, Colorado State, Long Beach State, and UCLA who all finished +6 or worse over the course of the tournament. Sophomore Albin Bergstrom was USF’s leading scorer landing inside the top-25 for the sixth time this year. This is his fourth tournament leading the Bulls in scoring. Sophomore Luke Gifford was right behind him placing 32nd. A +6 in the final round pushed USF out of the top ten for the first time this season, but the competition was fierce as the Bulls still collected their third best overall score in the spring at 853.

USF will serve as host for the AAC Championship in Brooksville at the Southern Hills Plantation Club this weekend.

USF Track and Field continues to break records

The Women’s 4x400 relay will add another team to the USF record books from 2021 as the team of senior Gabrielle DesRosiers, freshman Shaniya Benjamin, sophomore, Jae’Nisa Heckstall, and freshman Jasmine Knowles sped to a 3:36.26 finish at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational in Gainesville. This is the third time this season the USF 4x400 relay broke the school record using three different lineups in the process.

Kobe Babin placed fourth in the Men’s Pole Vault, Benjamin placed ninth in the Women’s 200m, Shaneylix Davila and Hackstall finished fifth and sixth in the Women’s 400 Hurdles, David Ajama finished fifth in the Men’s Triple Jump, and Davila finished ninth in the Women’s 100 Hurdles among some of the notables in the weekend long competition that included University and Olympic Development competitors.

Women’s Golf continues competition in AAC Championship in Pinehurst, N.C.

After two rounds at the AAC Championship in Pinehurst, the Bulls are fifth in the ten team tournament shooting 28 over par after a +15 round on Monday afternoon. USF is ten strokes behind leaders Tulsa and ECU at +18 and lead by one stroke to sixth place SMU. Tenth place Wichita State is shooting +71 after a 36 over par showing in round two to show you how difficult this course is. Freshman Melanie Green is in second place on the player leaderboard at one over par and trails the leader by two strokes. The AAC Tournament will conclude with the final round on Tuesday.