On a four-game winning streak, the South Florida baseball team looked to have things in its favor heading into day two of the Big East tournament.
After No. 1 seed St. John’s and No. 3 seed Notre Dame were eliminated, it looked like USF could advance and have an off day Thursday. All the Bulls had to do was get past the No. 2 seed Cincinnati Bearcats.
The Bulls, however, suffered an 11-1 loss and must play No. 7 West Virginia tonight in order to stay alive in the tournament.
The Bulls kept the game close, with the score tied 1-1 in the fourth inning. The Bearcats, however, scored 10 runs in the next three innings to send the game to an early end.
There was a 10-run rule in effect if a team trailed after seven innings.
Junior pitcher Daniel Thomas suffered his fourth loss of the season, giving up nine hits and eight runs (six earned).
“I give them credit, Cincinnati came out with great intensity,” USF coach Lelo Prado said in a press release. “They hit (Daniel Thomas) and we didn’t do our job offensively. Early in the game, the game is tied and we had our chances, but we didn’t do our jobs. For us to win we have to play with great intensity and great enthusiasm. I don’t know how you don’t bring it today, but that has been our season.”
Tonight, the Bulls and Mountaineers play for their tournament lives. Both teams have one loss, and a second would eliminate them from the tournament.
First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Continue to check usforacle.com for updates on the baseball team’s progress in the Big East tournament.