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USF makes history capturing first regional title

After 14 NCAA appearances, USF finally gets it done.
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South Florida players wait for pitcher Caleb Pundsack as they huddle before an NCAA college baseball game against Central Florida on Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of South Florida baseball team has finally done it.

After 14 NCAA appearances, the Bulls are heading to a Super Regional.

"This is a special group of guys," head coach Billy Mohl said. "They'll forever be known as the first team to get to a regional."

The Bulls sat through a ton of rain delays during their time in Gainesville, but after beating No. 15 Florida and Miami in the first two games, all they had to do was win once to make history.

Monday did not start off great, losing to South Alabama 4-0. However, the team would regroup and take the championship contest 6-4.

Before the regionals, catcher Jake Sullivan said 'we ain't done, yet.' 

He was right.

"I'm the kind of guy when I say something I mean it. We feel like we can compete with anybody in the country and we still ain't done yet," Sullivan said.

"They want to be the first group to go to Omaha and we got the leadership in the clubhouse who truly believes that," Coach Mohl said,  

Jarrett Eaton was the star in the championship game going 3-for-3 with a home run and RBI double. 

Venice High School product Orion Kerkering struck out five in 4 1/3 innings.

USF will now play No. 2 Texas in Austin.

The Longhorns are 45-15 this season and just won their regional with a +28 run differential in three games.

Action begins on the 40 acres Friday, June 11.

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