Big East Baseball Tournament 2012: USF Looks To Win First Ever Conference Title

The No. 4 USF Bulls live to see another day after downing Pittsburgh on Thursday.

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South Florida Vs. Pittsburgh, 2012 Big East Baseball Tournament: Bulls Offense Lights Up Panthers In Win

The South Florida Bulls stayed alive in the Big East Tournament on Thursday night, eliminating the Pitt Panthers with a 12-5 win at Bright House Field. USF blew the game open early with an eight-run third inning, and capitalized on one Pitt blunder after another. The Panthers committed a whopping six errors in the blowout loss.

The first nine USF batters in the third inning reached base, and all but one scored a run. James Ramsay roped a double that knocked in two, extending the lead to 5-0. The inning was so long the a weather delay intervened during the Bulls' assault. But while the rain eventually stopped, the offense continued to pour it on as Zac Gilcrease knocked in two more to cap the eight run inning.

South Florida now moves to play on Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET. They will face the loser of an earlier game that day between Louisville and Connecticut.

For more on the Big East tournament and the Bulls, visit USF blog Voodoo Five.

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2012 Big East Baseball Tournament: South Florida Loses In Opening Round

The opening round of the 2012 Big East baseball tournament has come to a close with a slate of decisive wins.

No. 3 Seton Hall Vs. No. 6 Rutgers, Seton Hall wins 6-1: The Seton Hall Pirates opened up their Big East tournament with a 6-1 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Wednesday. The Pirates got a three-run third inning, sparked by a two-run RBI Double by left fielder Scott Kalamar. Seton Hall went on to score three more runs, allowing Rutgers to score just a single run.

No. 2 St. John's Vs. No. 7 Notre Dame, St. Johns pounds the Irish 12-2: St. John's took on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first-round of the Big East tournament, pounding the Irish to the tune of 12 runs and ending the game in just seven innings. Dannny Bethea drove in three runs for the Red Storm and was one of eight St. John's batters with at least two hits.

No. 1 Louisville Vs. No. 8 Pittsburgh, Louisville wins 8-4: Louisville rallied late against PItt, scoring four runs in the bottom of the eight inning putting the game out of reach. Pitt scored another run in the ninth inning, but just couldn't get enough runs to cross the player, going down in the first round 8-4.

No. 4 Southern Florida Vs. No. 5 Connecticut, Huskies drop Bulls 7-2: South Florida is looking to win their first Big East baseball tournament, but aren't off to a good start after losing in the opening round to the Connecticut Huskies 7-2 on Wednesday evening. Two multi-run innings late in the game sealed the loss for the Bulls.

For those that want to watch the Big East Tournament, go to BigEastbaseball.com.

For more on the Big East tournament and the Bulls, visit USF blog Voodoo Five.

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Big East Tournament Final: Seton Hall Defeats Rutgers, 6-1

The Seton Hall Pirates opened up their Big East tournament with a convincing 6-1 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

The Pirates used the strength of a three-run third inning, sparked by a two-run RBI Double by left fielder Scott Kalamar. Catcher Dillon Hamlin hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend Seton Hall's lead. Starting pitcher Jon Prosinski pitched six innings and allowed only one run on seven hits while striking out four.

The Scarlet Knights scored their only run in the top of the third inning on an RBI single by second baseman Nick Favatella that scored shortstop Pat Sweeny.

The Pirates advance to the second round to play the winner of St. John's and Notre Dame at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The Scarlet Knights face the loser of the same game in an elimination game at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

For those that want to watch the Big East Tournament, go to BigEastbaseball.com.

For more on the Big East tournament and the Bulls, visit USF blog Voodoo Five.

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