So I have decided to make this blog bi-weekly blog series, publishing on Monday and Friday morning. The Monday blog will recap the teams over the weekend while the Friday morning blog will cover what happened during the blog and letting my readers know what each team is facing that weekend. Here we go.
Note: I picked up the games starting on Wednesday night, I missed Tuesday because I got a little lazy when it comes to sports.
USF men’s basketball
Brian Gregory was introduced on Wednesday and he said all the right things, especially when it comes to recruiting locally. Only issue, he may have lost another player as Joey Knight confirmed that promising freshman Malik Fitts is seeking his release. This is not good because he joins Luis Santos and Geno Thorpe in the group of players leaving with Troy Holston undecided about his future with USF.
The Bulls fell 8 to 0 in 5 innings on Wednesday night to the Gators, dropping their record to 20-15 on the year. USF had just 2 hits for the game while Susan Wysocki dropped her record to 2-3 overall after taking the start for the Bulls. Seriously, there was nothing nice to save after being run ruled on the road in Gainesville. The Bulls host Tulsa for 3-games to start AAC play, starting on Friday night at 4 PM in Tampa.
The Bulls had their winning streak come to an end on Wednesday as they fell 2 to 1 to the 15th ranked FGCU, putting them at 19-2 on the year. Kevin Merrell was 3 for 4 with 1 stolen base and scored a run. Joe Genord was 1 for 3 with the lone RBI. Peter Strzelecki (1-1) went 6 innings, allowing 6 hits, 2 runs, walking 2 batters and struck out 4 batters. They begin a 3-game series on Friday night (game begins at 6:30 PM) as they take on FAMU for another home series.
The Magic fell 109 to 102 on Wednesday night to Charlotte and are now 26-46 as this long season just continues to come to an end (Hennigan, your days are at an end). Terrance Ross had 19 points to lead the team while Nikola Vucevic had 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists. Jodie Meeks had 10 points off the bench. Orlando will host Detroit on Friday night as they try to bounce back and start another short lived winning streak.
Tampa Bay Rays
The team is getting closer to opening day and it appears Colby Rasmus is getting closer, getting a start in their game on Wednesday night (hit a home run). Short stop Matt Duffy on the other hand is seeing the doctor that performed his heel surgery in the off-season. It doesn’t sound like he is progressing like he wanted to and at this rate is far from being ready for opening day or opening month (in my view). Some minor leaguers were sent down including Jake Bauers who has had a monster spring. He is a rising prospect and one to keep an eye on in the minors. Just over a week away until the games really matter and we get to see what kind of team we really have, especially after the final roster cuts are actually made.