Nine Bulls drafted to MLB

Most high school and college athletes aspire to play professionally for a major sports franchise. Nine South Florida baseball players are one step closer to fulfilling that dream.

Six high school recruits who committed to the Bulls and three members of the squad were selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.

Left-handed pitcher Anthony Ferrara (Riverview High School) was the first Bulls recruit drafted, picked in the seventh round by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ferrara had a 15-2 high school record and a 0.59 ERA his junior year.

Pitcher Corey Thomas (Middleton High School) was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round, the Minnesota Twins picked up pitcher Alejandro Mendez (Bishop Moore High School) in the 38th, and pitcher Matt Reed (West Stanley High School) was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 44th.

Third baseman Sean Buckley (King High School) and shortstop Sam Mende (Clearwater Central Catholic High School) were drafted by the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees, respectively, as late-round selections.

Junior Daniel Thomas, who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the seventh round, and David Torcise, chosen in the 47th round by the Cincinnati Reds, were the only two drafted from the Bulls pitching staff.

Thomas had a 4.21 ERA and was second on the team in strikeouts (55) as a junior.

Junior shortstop Addison Maruszak, who led the Bulls in hitting (84) and second in batting (.364), was selected in the 17th round by the Yankees.

Western Kentucky added to 2009-2010 football schedulesThe Bulls added two games against an old foe in a series that will begin in 2009. USF will play Western Kentucky for the next two years.

For the first time since 2001, the game against the Hilltoppers adds a seventh home-game to the 2010 football schedule.

The Bulls are 2-2 all-time against the Hilltoppers, winning the last game 30-24 in 2000.

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