By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The Bulls are stepping outside of Big East play for a single game that's hardly a break from the conference grind.
The USF baseball team is in Gainesville to face the No. 2 Gators 7 p.m. Tuesday at McKethan Stadium and head coach Lelo Prado has a special request for his Bulls: "Go out there and have fun."
"They've got a great club. They have great arms, great position players but we have nothing to lose to go up there," Prado added.
The fun approach could be a huge help considering the Bulls haven't beaten UF in a game since an 11-5 victory on May 11, 2005 in Tampa. That certainly doesn't mean this USF team doesn't have the ability to pull off an upset with the number of wild wins it has been involved in this season. USF (27-14, 11-4) has won four of its past six games and is currently in a three-way tie for first in the Big East.
Florida (31-9, 11-7) took two of three games from Georgia last weekend to improve the program's home record to 21-3 this season.
"That's where we want to be one day and it's a great challenge for our guys," Prado said. "I just hope they go out and play the way they're capable of playing and see what happens."
The Bulls get back into Big East play at home on Friday to start a three-game series against Villanova at USF baseball stadium. Purchase tickets here.