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USF at Louisville Game 1: L, 2-1
USF at Louisville Game 2: L, 4-3
USF at Louisville Game 3: L, 12-1

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BIG EAST Championships | 8 p.m. | May 19 | Clearwater, Fla.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of South Florida baseball team was swept by Louisville after a 12-1 loss in game two of Friday’s double-header.

The Bulls needed one win in three games against the Cardinals in order to claim their first BIG EAST regular season championship in program history, but they could not capitalize.

With one win against Louisville USF would have earned a No. 1 seed in next weeke’s BIG EAST Tournament, but instead the Bulls will head to Clearwater, Fla., as the No. 2 seed.

USF claims second place in their conference for fifth time ever and the first since joining the BIG EAST in 2006. Their last second place finish in conference play came in 1994 when the Bulls went 11-7 in the Metro Conference.

USF will play their first game of the BIG EAST Tournament on Tuesday, May 19 at 8 p.m. at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater, Fla. The game can be seen on Brighthouse Sports Network throughout the Tampa Bay area.

The tournament bracket will be released on Sunday afternoon.

The Bulls offense was shut down during the three game series, as Louisville held USF to just five runs in the series, the fewest of the season for the Bulls in a BIG EAST series.

The second fewest runs came in the series at UConn in which USF scored just 10 runs in the three game set.

USF got a pair of hits from Todd Brazeal including a double in the ninth and two hits from Sam Mende including a home run in the second.

Starter Teddy Kaufman lasted just 0.1 innings and allowed four runs on four hits.

The Bulls used four pitchers in relief of Kaufman, and they combined for eight runs on nine hits through 7.2 innings.

The sweep gave Louisville the regular season BIG EAST Championship and the No. 1 seed in next week’s BIG EAST Tournament.

USF got behind early as the Cards hit a grand slam in the first inning, then added three in the third with another home run.
 
The Bulls split Louisville’s scoring a one-out solo home run off the bat of freshman Sam Mende in the second inning.
 
The Cards added one in the third from a pair of base hits and a hit by pitch, then posted three in the fourth after the first five batters reached base safely.
 
USF finally held Louisville scoreless in the fifth after four-straight innings of scoring.
 
Louisville collected one more run in the seventh, another home run, the third of the day for the Cardinals.
 
Game Notes
USF claims second place in their conference for fifth time and the first since joining the BIG EAST in 2006. Their last second place finish in conference play came in 1994 when the Bulls went 11-7 in the Metro Conference.

USF will play their first game of the BIG EAST Tournament on Tuesday, May 19 at 8 p.m. at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater, Fla. The game can be seen on Brighthouse Sports Network throughout the Tampa Bay area.

The Bulls offense was shut down during the three game series as Louisville held USF to just five runs in the series the fewest of the season for the Bulls in a BIG EAST series. The second fewest runs came in the series at UConn in which USF scored just 10 runs in the three game series.

Prado and USF Baseball Closing in on Milestones

Coach Lelo Prado is closing in on some career milestones, including 100 USF wins, 700 career wins and 1200 games coached. He is currently at 97 USF wins, 695 career victories and 1198 total games coached.

As a program, USF baseball has played 2298 career games and has 1282 all-time victories.