USF ace Randy Fontanez recovered from a slow start to deliver a complete-game performance and lead the second-seeded Bulls to a 12-2 opening-round victory over seventh-seeded Pittsburgh in he Big East tournament at Bright House Field in Clearwater.

Fontanez pitched his sixth complete game, moving his record to 7-3 on the year.

With the victory, USF moves into Thursday morning’s winner’s bracket game against sixth-seeded UConn, which won 6-1 yesterday over West Virginia.

Shawn Sanford is expected to start in that game for the Bulls. Of course, I’ll be live blogging from that game.

USF got three runs in the bottom of the third, after Pitt took a 2-1 lead, to go ahead 4-2, and the Bulls never looked back, getting three more in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Both teams shared a run apiece in the first.