UConn (27-21, 14-7 Big East) has won four of its last five games heading into the series with USF in Tampa. The Huskies are tied for second place in the Big East with Louisville at 14-7, trailing St. John's (16-15). USF and Seton Hall are right behind the Huskies, tied at 13-8.
As the Big East tournament draws closer (May 23-27 in Clearwater, Fla.), UConn has been involved in some tight games. Each of the last four games has been decided by two runs or less – including a pair of walk-off victories last weekend against Cincinnati.
South Florida lost two games in a three-game series against St. John's last weekend. Senior lefty Andrew Barbosa is the ace of Bulls staff. He is 6-4 with a 2.39 earned run average and has struck out 90 batters in 70.2 innings. Sophomore center fielder James Ramsey leads the Bulls with a .333 average and has 27 RBI and 13 steals.
Center fielder Billy Ferriter leads the Huskies with a .363 average batting in the leadoff spot. Second baseman LJ Mazzilli has been Mr. Clutch with nine home runs, 17 doubles, 35 runs batted in and 40 runs scored.
UConn's pitching staff seems to be hitting its stride at the right time. Reliever Scott Oberg has come through with a 5-0 record and six saves in 30 innings pitched. Obert has a 1.20 ERA and has struck out 32.
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