Bulls hit up C-USA honors
While the USF men’s baseball team lost any chance of collective accolades when they failed to reach the Conference USA Tournament this past weekend in a loss to Louisville, individually, the Bulls are racking honors up on the scoreboard.
Three Bulls received All-Conference USA honors Monday, including two members of the All-C-USA first team.
Catcher Devin Ivany and pitcher Casey Hudspeth were named to the first team, while shortstop Myron Leslie was selected for the second team.
Hudspeth, who was 8-4 while recording a USF-best 3.45 ERA, was also named to the C-USA All-Freshman team.
Ivany, also up for the Johnny Bench award, given to the nation’s best catcher, hit .356 and knocked in a team-high 57 RBI.
Leslie, who was a preseason All-C-USA selection, became the Bulls’ all-time leader in hits, games played, doubles, runs scored and walks this season, connecting on 312 pitches, suiting up for 241 games, getting 74 two-baggers, scoring 227 runs and earning a free pass 174 times.
Bulls don’t leave regionals empty handed
The USF softball team was one of the nation’s best this season, garnering a No. 17 ranking to end the regular season.
Two players who were pivotal in that success were named to the All-Regional team this week.
Seniors Holly Groves and Leigh Ann Ellis led USF to a semifinal appearance in the NCAA regional bracket last weekend in Tallahassee.
Groves led the Bulls with a .400 batting average and scored four runs and drove in two more throughout the Bulls four regional games.
Ellis started all five games, compiling a 3-2 record. She pitched 28 innings while posting a 2.00 ERA.
Tennis star withdraws from NCAA tourney
It’s been eight years since the USF men’s tennis team has been represented in the NCAA Singles Championships.
Due to a knee injury, USF will have to wait even longer to see a Bull in the tournament.
Junior Uli Kiendl, who compiled a 13-12 record, earned a spot in the field of 64, but will not participate due to a knee injury from which he has been suffering since late April in the Conference USA Championships.
Kiendl went home to Germany for the summer and rearranged his schedule in order to come back the United States for the tournament, but withdrew Monday.
“I was really thrilled and thankful to coach and the athletic administration when I knew they were going to help me with my trip back to the U.S. to play the tournament,” Kiendl said. “It is very disappointing that I blew up my knee right at this point.”
Compiled by Bryan Fazio