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By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001


TAMPA -- The season-opening three-game set against Stetson had mixed results for the baseball team.

The positives were winning the first game behind the stellar pitching of John Gorham.

The negatives were dropping the next two, including the home opener.

In Saturday's opening game at DeLand, several major league scouts were in attendance to see Stetson pitcher Lenny DiNardo, ranked by many as the nation's top left-handed collegiate pitcher. No doubt some came away impressed with Gorham, however, as he scattered four hits over seven innings and struck out two while allowing one run in a 6-1 USF victory.

Gorham, a junior right-hander who went 10-5 last year, earned the win while DiNardo gave up five runs on seven hits.

Sunday, John Vigue's 75-pitch count ended a near flawless effort as he allowed one single, one unearned run and struck out five.

The Hatters struck for two runs after his exit to win 3-2. And in Wednesday's home opener, the Bulls fell behind 5-0 by the third inning and did not recover.

For his efforts, Gorham was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week.

The 1-2 Bulls are home for their next nine games, including the Feb. 17-18 two-game series with Jacksonville. Both games are at 1 p.m. at Red McEwen Field and will feature several hot hitting Bulls.

Myron Leslie, Dan Boyd, Evan Brannon and Ben Drawdy are hitting above .360. Leslie and Boyd are hitting .417 with five hits while Brannon and Drawdy are batting .364 and Brannon leads the team with five RBI.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Behind Aiya Shepard's 27 points, USF upset Southern Mississippi 55-52 Feb. 11 to earn its first conference victory.

Along the way, the Bulls ended the second-longest losing streak in the program's 29 seasons at 11 games.

Another loss would have tied the longest streak of 12 established six seasons earlier.

The Bulls (4-19, 1-11) host DePaul at 7 tonight at the Sun Dome and follow that with three more games before the C-USA Tournament begins March 2 in Milwaukee.

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