USF – Baseball – 2009 – Bulls vs Bearcats (Game Two) – Thoughts and Perspectives

4 05 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

dsc_0651Being new to USF baseball (okay, I admit it; I’ve not been much of a baseball fan – at least, until discovering the Bulls . . .), I didn’t think I would have gotten the least bit emotional when I arrived at Red McEwen field Saturday evening, just in time for the introduction of four players – Brandon Smith, Mike Consolmagno, Trey Manz, and Chris Rey – being honored as a part of the program’s annual Senior Night.

Parking spots were a scarce commodity for the second of a three game series between the University of South Florida Bulls and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, thanks to graduation ceremonies taking place concurrently at the nearby Sun Dome.   Plenty of smiles and more than a few shed tears, however, were in abundance out on the diamond.

One thing that you’re taught as a media representative — never give a hint of your personal leanings toward one team or another when you’ve been asked to cover an event.
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USF – Baseball – 2009 – Bulls vs. Bearcats (Game Two) – Photo Journal

4 05 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

The following is a sample of the photographic work done at the 2009 South Florida v. Cincinnati baseball game on Saturday, May 2nd.

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South Florida – Baseball – 2009 – Bulls v. Mountaineers – Game Two

27 04 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

Reprinted from publication on the University of South Florida’s GoUSFBulls.com website, 4/27/09

Special thanks goes to Amy Woodruff, Assistant Director of Communications for allowing PRISM/freelantz access to this wonderful event . . .


dsc_0546On one of the nicest nights that Southwest Florida has seen to this point in the month of April, the University of South Florida Bulls came one step closer to doing something which no other baseball team in the Big East Conference had done prior to this weekend — handing the West Virginia Mountaineers their first conference series sweep this season.

In a game that saw plenty of action by USF hitters, the Bulls routed the Mountaineers 11-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the weekend’s three-game stretch for a team which heading into the matchup Saturday remained  undefeated in conference play on its home diamond at Red McEwen Field.

Representatives from the schools’ women’s basketball squad threw out the ceremonial first pitch and a  steady breeze sent Big East team flags flapping in a loud symphony  just after 7:00 pm, as a crowd of nearly 1500 filled the stands and perimeter of the field to see starting pitcher Derrick Stultz take the mound against a West Virginia squad that a day earlier had been defeated by a score of 8-3.  The Mountaineers found early success in the first inning, with WVU left fielder Justin Parks leading off with a single through the left side which eventually landed him the game’s first run off a fly ball to right field by short stop, Jedd Gyorko.  Stultz allowed only one additional hit in the opening inning, and gave up just four more hits and one run through 131 pitches before being replaced after eight innings by closer, Andrew Salgueiro.  Stulz now moves to 5-1 on the season.

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South Florida – Baseball – 2009 – Bulls v. Mountaineers – Photo Journal

27 04 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

The following is a sample of the photographic work done at the 2009 South Florida v. West Virginia baseball game on Saturday, April 25th.

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South Florida – Football – Post-Spring Practice Journal – Volume One

18 04 2009

usf_bullsA PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

With the annual Spring Game come and gone last weekend, many expected that much of the excitement which comes with a collegiate football program going through the throws of the year’s first practices and drills would dissipate.  Not so for the USF Bulls, who this week learned that defensive end George Selvie has been named for the second-straight year to the preseason Playboy All-American list, redshirt B.J. Daniels will be the man to beat behind senior starter Matt Groethe at quarterback, and head coach Jim Leavitt still remains unconvinced that his squad has a talented enough player at running back to identify a clear-cut starting ball carrier.

Big news from Tampa Bay Online this afternoon, as George Selvie has landed a second-straight preseason Playboy All-American nod, this only one year after becoming the first player in South Florida history to earn such a prestigious recognition.  He does so, notes the article by Brett McMurphy of The Tampa Tribune, after a junior season in which he became the NCAA’s active leader in career tackles for loss (61) and second in career sacks (25 1/2).

The USF Sports Bulletin by Greg Auman hosts a number of interesting tidbits:

  • While B.J. Daniels and Evan Landi were both impressive throughout spring camp, head coach Jim Leavitt has concluded that Daniels will enter the fall as the backup to current senior starter under center, Matt Groethe. Asked to clarify his reasoning for going with Daniels as a second-string passer, Leavitt was quick to point out that “Evan is a tremendous quarterback,” but the Bulls’ coaching staff also sees him as someone who will see reps at wide receiver during the 2009 season.




South Florida – 2009 Spring Game – In A Different Light

13 04 2009

A PRISM contribution; all photos original works by Chrystal Koch

Photos may not be used without permission

In the initial offering from PRISM/freelantz contributing photographer Chrystal Koch, we provide readers with a sample of the photographic work done at the 2009 University of  South Florida Spring Game, held in Tampa, Florida —  in a different light.

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South Florida – 2009 Spring Game Review

12 04 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts, with all photos by PRISM/freelantz contributor, Chrystal Koch

100b25131One couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening for spring exhibition football, with temperatures in the low-to-mid seventies, and a slight breeze blowing from the South, as the University of South Florida Bulls took to the field at Raymond James Stadium Saturday night for its annual spring game.

The relatively calm weather lured some to believe that those in attendance for this year’s matchup of the Bulls’ Green and White squads would rarely be stirred into motion, as the previous two spring games for South Florida ended up defensive showcases yielding unimpressive scores of 10-6 and 6-3.

This year was destined to be different, however, with South Florida putting on what many, from the stands to down on the field, believed was the most entertaining spring contest the school’s football program has put on in recent memory.

Such opinions seemed well-founded, with the Green team, piloted on offense by the dual-nature play of freshman B.J. Daniels (Lincoln High School, Tallahassee, Florida), battling a White squad manned primarily by another freshman, Evan Landi (Coral Springs Charter School, Coral Springs, Florida) (shown above), in a hard-fought contest that ended up being decided on a failed two-point conversion attempt by Landi with time-expired.

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