USF's Hudspeth And Lirette Taken In Draft

TAMPA, Fla. (June 6, 2006) – Two members of the University of South Florida baseball team were taken during the first day of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday, June 6. Right-handed pitchers Casey Hudspeth and Chase Lirette were selected during the first 18 rounds of the 50-round draft.

Hudspeth was selected by the Houston Astros in the fifth round (159th pick overall). The Sarasota, Fla., native finished the 2006 season with a 7-7 record and a 4.38 ERA. He led USF and finished second in the BIG EAST in strikeouts with 106. During the 2006 season, the right-handed pitcher became the 12th player in USF history to register 20 or more victory for a career, notching 23 during his three-year stint with the Bulls. His 275 career strikeouts ranks fifth all-time in the USF record books. Hudspeth was a preseason All-BIG EAST selection. He was named to "Baseball America's" preseason All-BIG EAST Team as well as BA's Preseason BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year.

Selected in the 16th round by the Toronto Blue Jays (480th overall), Lirette finished the 2006 season with a 2.90 ERA and a record of 2-2. The Bulls' closer, Lirette recorded seven saves last season (third in the BIG EAST), striking out 45 batters in 40 and one-third innings of action. His 36 appearances in relief led all BIG EAST pitchers in 2006. The junior hurler has appeared in 79 games during his USF career (tied for seventh all-time in USF history). The Tallahassee, Fla., native struck out 137 batters during three seasons with the Bulls with a 9-9 record, nine saves and a 4.71 ERA. He was named to "Baseball America's" preseason All-BIG EAST Team.

The MLB Draft will continue on Wednesday, June 7 at 11:50 a.m. (ET) with rounds 19-50. The draft can be followed on, the official website of Major League Baseball.

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