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USF struggled to get the bats going against Seton Hall, putting up just eight runs total across the three-game set after falling 3-2 on Saturday. The Bulls (32-19, 15-6) were swept for the first time in Big East play this season, while the Pirates have now won 12 straight.
The Bulls now occupy fourth place in the Big East, two and a half games back of Pittsburgh for the conference lead.
Seton Hall struck first against USF starter Joey Lovecchio (5-4). After the Bulls senior issued a two-out walk in the third, Scott Kalamar doubled to give the Pirates the 1-0 lead.
USF kept pace with a run off Josh Prevost (5-2) in the fourth. James Ramsay was hit by a pitch to start the frame, and Jimmy Falla followed with a single. Both would advance on a double steal, and with one down Chris Norton tied the game with a single that scored Ramsay.
Kyle Teaf helped the Bulls grab the lead in the fifth, drawing a one-out walk before swiping second. With two down, Ramsay put his team up by one with an RBI single.
The lead was short lived, as Seton Hall (33-16, 16-5) put up a three spot in the home half. After the Pirates placed runners at second and third, a pair of wild pitches allowed Seton Hall to regain the lead, and Giuseppe Papaccio capped the scoring with an RBI single that made it 4-2 Pirates.
Lovecchio was charged with all four runs on seven hits and two walks in his five innings of work. Lawrence Pardo and Jordan Strittmatter kept Seton Hall off the board and limited the Pirates to only one hit and a walk through the final three innings.
Prevost meanwhile turned in a quality outing, holding USF to two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings. Brian Gilbert worked a perfect ninth inning to notch his fourth save.
The Bulls will look to regroup as they head to Fort Myers for a non-conference match-up on Tuesday. USF will have a chance to salvage a split in the season series, after losing 13-5 at home to FGCU on March 26. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.