Still unshaven, still winning. Wednesday is becoming my favorite day of the week in the Spring. There's a basketball game, usually a baseball game, and, if you're lucky, a softball game or two as well. Yesterday, all of the above applied.
The day began at 4:00 PM when USF Baseball took on Jacksonville to cap their two-game home series (sorry if you read my last post and got there at 7. That was my bad). After the previous night, you would have thought the Bulls would have come out pumped that they're back in the win column and get on the field with a bit of life in them. If you did think that, you clearly don't know USF Baseball. Kyle Parker, who inexplicably still has a scholarship to play baseball, got tagged for five earned runs on six hits and four walks in 3.1 innings. Not a good day. But what really made this a USF Baseball game is the two runs. Not just that, but those two runs were off nine hits and three errors (there were probably more errors, but the scorekeeper probably just left some of those out again). THIS IS A REAL QUOTE FROM LELO PRADO: "You're not going to pitch a shutout every time". It'd be nice if we could at least give ourselves a chance.
But the day did get better. USF women's tennis beat Boston College in dominant form, snapping a slump they've been going through lately. Then, at 5:00, the softball team started a doubleheader against Central Michigan. The pitching wasn't outstanding, and the hitting only came alive for one inning, but the ladies got the job done, winning 5-2. The highlight of the game was Janine Richardson's two-run homer to cap a great 4th inning that gave USF the lead, which it held onto for the rest of the game. The nightcap started around 7:20, and Sam Greiner took the mound. I have no idea how she did it, but starting pitcher Sam Greiner saw a whole lot of batters, loaded the bases a couple times, gave up seven hits, only struck out two, but still managed to give up only two runs in four innings (one earned). Once again, a fourth inning rally pushed USF up over CMU, giving them a 5-2 lead after trailing 2-1. The highlight of that game was definitely left fielder Ashli Goff, who hosed down a runner at the plate to end the second inning. USF ultimately won the game, 6-2. They play again Friday at the USF Softball Stadium, where they host Penn State at 2:00 PM and Virginia Tech at 4:15.
And then came the real reason we're here. The Louisville-Seton Hall game turned out to be a little closer than expected, but Louisville ended up taking the quarterfinal matchup and will play Marquette at 7. The game ran a bit longer than expected, so USF tipped off around 9:40. Right out of the gates, USF made it their game, never trailing for the duration. In fact, the last time they were tied was when the score was 0-0. I think they set a good pace for the game, but they defintely got sloppy and had a lot of things that aren't going to fly when they play Notre Dame tonight. The stat of the night: USF had more turnovers than baskets. That's something that will have to change fast. I believe in the playoff beard, though, and I'll be looking forward to not shaving tomorrow morning as well.
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