USF’s hopes of clinching the Big East regular season title — and a No. 1 seed in next week’s Big East tournament in Clearwater — will have to wait one more game as the Bulls (32-21, 18-7) lost 2-1 at Louisville Thursday night in a close pitching battle.

USF starter Derrick Stultz pitched a steady five innings, giving up two earned runs, but Louisville lefty Justin Marks was better, pitching 7 2/3 of scoreless work.

The Bulls gave up runs in the second and fourth inning, but tried to claw back in the ninth. However, they only mounted one run.

There was some good news out there for USF: West Virginia fell 9-1 to Pitt, meaning a Bulls win Friday or Saturday will give them the outright Big East regular season title. Of course, we’ll keep you updated if that occurs.

-K.K.

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