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Congratulations to the 2014 women’s tennis team as took home the AAC Conference championship title today. It’s the second AAC title in athletics history now.

Musa Abdul-Aleem will not return for his senior season.

From the Tampa Bay Times- The roster overhaul under Coach Antigua continues as senior guard Musa Abdul-Aleem and junior guard Javontae both declared they would not return for the 2014-15 season.

Javontae Hawkins is the 4th Bull to leave this off-season.

Musa, the 6’5″ 221 lb. senior, averaged 4.1 PPG this season and 1.2 RPG. He shot just 16 out of 67 from 3-point range and missed 14 games due to various injuries. In 20212-13, he missed 22 games after having back issues. Musa struggled at times with his range, but would have been a senior leader for the upcoming season, which would have been nice to have for the young roster. Javontae Hawkins, a very athletic 6’5″ 205 lbs. junior out of Flint, Michigan, averaged 3.7 PPG and 1.3 RPG this season, appearing in 29 games. In 2012-13, he averaged 4.5 PPG, starting 10 games out of the 26 games he appeared in. Hawkins always showed great athletic ability, but he wasn’t able to put it all together at times. It would have been interesting to see how Hawkins and his speed could have been developed under Coach O, but he has decided to move.

So what does it mean for the Bulls? At the moment, they will only have 9 players on the roster (including Troy Holston and Dinero Mercurius), meaning Coach O and staff have some holes to fill. One player that is coming to visit is former Marshall guard Kareem Canty (per ESPN report). Canty, who averaged 16 PPG last season for Marshall, had verbally committed to Auburn (per the report) but decided to take another visit, USF, before making his final decision. Canty would be a great addition to the roster, but Coach O and staff still need to add more to help bolster the roster for the upcoming season.

Tommy Peterson pitched well, but the bullpen couldn’t close the door late. (Picture credit: http://www.gousfbulls.com)

The Bulls couldn’t hold up late to 12th ranked Houston, falling 5 to 3 and dropping their overall record to 22-17 (8-7) on the season. Despite a solid outing from Tommy Peterson, the bullpen let Houston score late, taking a series win away from the Bulls.

After the 2nd, USF was down 1 to 0, but they would get back in the 4th inning after Lawrence Pardo led it off with a walk and Daniel Portales followed him with a single. Luke Maglich bunted to move the runners up and Levi Borders would reach on an error, allowing Pardo to score to tie it at 1 to 1. Luke Borders would then hit a single to bring home Maglich. Austin Lueck then ripped a double to make it 3 to 2. Houston would get a run back in the 4th to make it 3 to 2, but Tommy Peterson would go strong the rest of his outing till the 8th inning when the bullpen couldn’t shut the door. Janick Serrallonga came in for Peterson, but quickly gave up a run to tie the game. He allowed 2 hits and 2 walks (responsible for 2 runs) and was quickly replaced by Jordan Strittmatter. Strittmatter would struggle to find the strike zone, walking 2 straight batters and allowing 2 straight runs to walk home as the Cougars went ahead for good 5 to 3. The Bulls had a small rally in the top of the 9th, but Nik Alfonso grounded into a game inning double play.

Peterson, as mentioned, pitched well. He went 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and struck out 4 batters.

This was a game that could have been huge for the Bulls, adding a late season win to the resume over a ranked team, but they couldn’t get it done. USF will return to action on Tuesday as they come back to Tampa to face FGCU at 6:30 PM.

 

The BOSS dominated and helped USF complete the sweep of Houston. (Picture credit: http://www.gousfbulls.com)

The USF Bulls completed the sweep of Houston today, winning 5 to 2. Sara Nevins went the distance working the entire game, allowing 8 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and struck out 8 batters while recording her 93rd win of her historic career. The win puts USF to 33-13 (7-5) on the season and adds another big win to their resume late in the year.

The Bulls were down 1 to 0 after the first inning, but got back in the 3rd after Juli Weber singled and Ashli Goff followed her with her own base hit. Kourtney Salvarola bunted them over and a single from Lee Ann Spivey made it 2 to 1. In the 4th, Tacoia Williams singled, followed by Weber which brought home Williams to make it 3 to 1. Houston added a run to make it 3 to 2 in the bottom of the 4th, but USF got the insurance runs they needed in the 7th. Ashli Goff singled followed by a base hit from Salvarola. Stephanie Medina then hit a double bringing home Goff, making it 4 to 2. Karla Cladio then put down a bunt, bringing home Salvarola to make it 5 to 2 and sealing the win for the Bulls.

USF will head to Gainesville to take on the Gators on Wednesday night at 6 PM.

(Picture credit: http://www.gousfbulls.com)

The USF Bulls won 4 to 3 over Houston tonight, running their record to 22-16 (8-6) on the year. It wasn’t pretty or easy, but they got it done and will try to take the series tomorrow afternoon.

The Bulls struck first in the 1st inning after Kyle Teaf and Lawrence Pardo both singled to start the game (Daniel Portales advanced them both up with a sac bunt). Luke Maglich would then ground out to bring home Teaf and put the Bulls ahead 1 to 0. Buddy Putnam then hit a single to bring home Pardo, making it 2 to 0. After Luke Borders walked, brother Levi Borders doubled in Putnam and Luke to make it 4 to 0. The Cougars answered a bit in the bottom with a 2-run home run from Casey Grayson, cutting the lead to 4 to 2. Houston added a run in the 7th inning, but the USF pitching staff with Lawrence Pardo holding the mound down, shut down any rally from the Cougars.  Pardo worked the rest of the game and sealed the deal for the Bulls.

Casey Mulholland worked 5.1 innings, allowing 6 hits, 2 runs, allowing 3 walks and striking out 2 batters. The hero of the game (after being at first base and scoring run) was Pardo. He worked the rest of the game, working 3.2 innings, allowing 3 hits, just 1 run and striking out 4 batters as he shut down the Houston rally.

The Bulls will wrap up the series tomorrow at 1 PM.

Zach Leday is transferring out per reports (Picture credit: http://www.gousfbulls.com)

From the Tampa Bay Times – News came out tonight (via twitter and the Tampa Bay Times) that junior forward Zach LeDay would be transferring out from USF.

The 6’7″ 245 forward from The Colony, Texas played in all 32 games this season for the Bulls, starting 16 of them and averaging 15 minutes per game. He averaged 3.5 PPG (111 points total) while shooting 41% from the field and 2.6 RPG (82 total). He also added 7 blocks and 9 steals in limited playing time, time that saw AAC all-freshmen Chris Perry and John Egbunu take away from him during the course of the season. LeDay averaged 4.8 PPG (149 total) and 2.5 RPG (66 total) during his freshman season where he started 7 games and appeared in 31. During the 2012-13 season, he averaged 16.9 minutes per game and added 17 blocks and 12 steals as well.

Losing Leday hurts the Bulls headed into the first under new head coach Orlando Antigua. Losing Leday leaves the Bulls very thin at the forward position. Chris Perry returns but two freshmen Bo Zeigler and Dre Clayton, are unknowns at the collegiate level after both redshirting last season. Coach O will probably add a big man with a roster spot available in the late signing period (have to wait and see).

I wish Zach the best wherever he lands and thank him for everything he did while wearing the Green and Gold.

 

Sara BOSS Nevins recorded 2 wins today, making it 90 in her historic career.

The Bulls took the first two games of the three game series against Houston today, running their record to 32-13 (6-5) on the year. USF has needed to add some big wins to their resume and get the momentum going down the stretch and taking two from Houston, which was sitting in first place in the AAC, was huge today.  Read the rest of this entry »