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USF Athletics Weekend Round-Up

Tennis and Golf wrap-up their regular seasons

Morgan Tencza / The Daily Stampede

No. 40 Men’s Tennis defeats no. 46 C. in instant classic, 4-3.

Here at The Daily Stampede we do talk about Bruno. (Please clap.) Sophomore Bruno Oliviera delivered the match point ace to clinch USF’s seventh ranked victory of the season and fifth straight victory overall. After securing the doubles point with victories by Sergio Gomez Montesa and Alvin Tudorica, and Chase Ferguson and Ivan Yatsuk the match really heat up in singles play. Yatsuk and Gomez Montesa delivered straight set victories for the Bulls needing just one point to clinch as C. came roaring back with victories vs. Tudorica and Ferguson. Antonio Muniz and Olivera went to a third set vs their opponents, but Muniz dropped the tiebreaker 2-7 leaving it up to Bruno who delivered the dub in Oviedo.

USF (13-9) now heads to Tulsa for the American Athletic Conference Championships Thursday through Sunday where they’ve reached the final all seven years of its existence with five championships.

Baseball drops two of three vs. Memphis at home

USF hosted their first conference series of the season, but the results stayed the same from last week as the Bulls could only win the final game after dropping the first two. On Thursday, Memphis could only muster a solo homerun in the second off of starter Orion Kerkering, before a seven-run fifth gave the Tigers the lead for good in a 8-2 loss. Kerkering struck out eight in five innings but gave up all eight earned runs. The offense was only able to get two runs off six hits as Carmine Lane led the way going 2-4 from the plate.

On Friday, there was much of the same as Memphis jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first off of Brad Lord and the offense only scored three runs off ten hits, leaving 12 on-base in a 7-3 loss. Lane had another multi-hit game going 2-4 with a run.

On Saturday, USF finally saw their luck change as they took the matinee 9-2 thanks in part to a three-run Jackson Mayo homerun - his seventh on the season. Lane continued his hot hitting weekend going 4-5 with four RBI and a run. Starter Ethan Brown settled in only giving up two runs in the second and third striking out three in four innings of work.

USF (20-16, 2-7) will head to Tallahassee to play FAMU on Tuesday before a weekend series at Cincinnati. Since their five game winning streak prior to conference play, the Bulls have lost nine of their last 11.

No. 35 Men’s Golf wraps-up regular season at Thunderbird Collegiate, finishes 11th of 15.

USF wrapped up their regular season at the Thunderbird Collegiate finishing 11th in a field that had four top-5 teams competing in the tournament and ten top-50 teams. No. 21 Albin Bergstrom continued his record-breaking season by finishing 12th in the field shooting 207 (-6), just narrowly missing another top-10 finish. James Loew of Arizona St. won the tournament shooting -14. Bergstrom has played 30 rounds of golf this season, and 27 have been under par.

USF will host the American Athletic Conference Championships this Friday through Sunday at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville where the Bulls will look to defend their team title and Bergstrom his individual title.

Women’s Tennis swept by no. 18 C. 4-0 on Senior Day

For the sixth straight match the USF Women’s Tennis team has lost to C. only winning four points in that span and being shutout three times. C. won the doubles point by winning both courts and all remaining singles’ points were won in straight sets.

USF (5-16) now heads to Tulsa for the American Athletic Conference Championships Wednesday through Saturday.

Track and Field competes in two tournaments over the weekend

Junior Romaine Beckford won the Men’s High Jump at the Tom Jones Invitational in Gainesville with a personal best 2.21 meters. That’s good for third best in the USF record books.

USF will take a week off before competing in split-squad action in Philadelphia and Jacksonville for the Penn Relays and UNF Invite next weekend.