Basketball has been sucking the oxygen out of everything the last few days, but while we have a little bit of time (thank you, Big East tournament bye!), let's get caught up on everything else going on in USF Athletics.
-- The baseball team played an exhibition against the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field on Friday, then swept Savannah State in a weekend series at the USF Baseball Stadium. It's nice to bank three wins, but the Tigers (I had to look it up) are the weakest team USF will play all season. Let's see what they do against Jacksonville tonight and tomorrow. The Bulls are just 1-4 against other teams from Florida so far.
-- Softball might be really, really good. Although they ended up splitting their four games at the USF Under Armour Invitational, the last game was a 2-1 eight-inning loss to Miami University where they used international tiebreaker rules. Every extra inning starts with a runner on second base, unlike normal NCAA rules. Miami scored, USF didn't. Regardless, USF is 13-4 on the season and they have plenty of opportunities to roll up even more wins over the next few weeks as they settle into a doubleheader/tournament routine before conference play begins at the end of March.
-- The women's basketball regular season ended in the second round of the Big East tournament. After surviving an upset bid by Pittsburgh, who went winless in conference play, the Bulls lost to DePaul 76-62 and will wait to see if their 17-15 record gets them an invitation to the Women's NIT, which they won in 2009. One unfortunate note -- point guard Sasha Bernard tore her ACL in the win over Pittsburgh and won't be available for any postseason play.
-- Men's golf sits in sixth place at the USF Invite with one round to go. The ladies will be back in action this weekend at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational outside of Orlando.
-- Interesting take on the USF logo from Friday's baseball game against the Yankees, as noticed by Greg Auman. I honestly have no positive or negative feelings about it. Reminiscent of some of the really old USF script logos, before the rounded "USF" from the mid-1980s came in.