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By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2001


TAMPA -- In its 7-2 baseball victory over Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, USF received standout performances from rookie John Uhl and veteran Mike Eylward.

Eylward moved up USF's career home run list to highlight a 3-for-5 day.

The senior first baseman hit a two-run shot in the second to give the Bulls a 3-2 lead. The homer was his second in two games and the 35th of his career as he moved into a tie for third with teammate Daniel Boyd. Both are chasing Jason Dellaero, who hit 39 in just two seasons (1996-97).

Uhl, who missed last season with a strained arm muscle, earned the win in his first career start. The right-hander struck out eight in five innings. He was touched for single runs in the first and third innings, one of which was unearned.

USF (3-3) begins a three-game series against Minnesota at 7 p.m. today at Red McEwen Field.

SOFTBALL: With victories over Maryland and Hofstra at the Holiday Inn Invitational, the Bulls have improved to 6-9. After starting 1-6, the Bulls have won five of eight and took three of five at the tournament.

Ginny Georgantas continues to lead the Bulls offensively with a .348 average, 15 hits and 7 RBI. Renee Ousler is hitting .275.

The Bulls host the Gladstones Tournament beginning today featuring Georgia State, Indiana, Hofstra, Pittsburgh and Florida International.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Just when coach Jose Fernandez and his team thought their disastrous season couldn't get any worse, it did.

After losing 64-55 to Marquette on Sunday at the Sun Dome, the Bulls found out they will be without guard Melissa Tape for the last two regular-season games and without forward Lindsey Smith for the rest of the season.

Tape suffered a concussion against DePaul and won't return until the conference tournament on March 2. Smith, however, will not be back after tearing her ACL.

The Bulls (4-21, 1-13), down to seven players, play at Alabama-Birmingham today and at Memphis on Sunday.

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