Bulls looking to climb C-USA ladder

South Florida baseball will look to improve its 3-3 record in Conference USA play tonight, as the Bulls (13-11) host the University of Louisville (17-4).

The Cardinals, 6-0 in C-USA, have the best conference start in school history. The Cardinals are being led by strong hitting coming from up and down the lineup. Fernando Isa has helped lead Louisville, which has won its last five games, by hitting safely in the last 11 games. Mark Jurich is leading the team in extra base hits with seven home runs, four triples and five doubles. Jurich is batting .446 after playing in 17 games.

The Bulls batters match up well against Louisville, but after dropping two of three to struggling Memphis, the Bulls will need to have a strong showing against C-USA’s first place team. Shortstop Myron Leslie went 6-for-10 against Memphis with a home run and a triple in the opening win.

The Bulls easily handled Army on Monday 19-4, and are being led this season by strong pitching from John Gorham. Gorham, who went seven innings in the sole win against Memphis last weekend, struck out eight and allowed only one run in his 40th career win at USF.

Louisville pitcher Carlos Fernandez (2-0) is leading the team with nine starts and a 2.81 ERA. Fernandez has 23 strikeouts. Relief pitcher Grant Williams, a transfer from Kansas, has yet to allow a run in 14 innings of work.

Tonight’s game starts at 7. There is a 1 p.m. start time for Saturday’s and Sunday’s games.