One thing is for sure: West Virginia can smack the ball around the park.

The Mountaineers, who entered the Big East tournament with a league leading .361 average, brought in 20 runs Thursday en route to a 20-8 elimination victory over Pittsburgh.

West Virginia rained 17 hits and 19 RBIs to keep its Big East championship hopes alive.

USF and WVU were scheduled to play at 4 p.m. today but that won’t happen. St. John’s is pummeling Notre Dame 10-4 in the fifth inning — but it’s delayed by rain right now.

So, there’s seemingly no way the Bulls’ game will start before 6 p.m.

The Bulls will send sophomore Derrick Stultz to the mound to try and slow down WVU’s bats. Stultz, a graduate of Wharton High School in Tampa, is 5-4 with a 4.16 ERA.

Stultz had success against the Mountaineers on April 25, going eight innings in an 11-2 victory and  giving up two earned runs and six hits while striking out five.

However, Stultz hasn’t pitched in a victory since then, losing three consecutive games.

USF lost to UConn earlier today 4-2, giving the Huskies a spot in the semifinals.

The winner of St. John’s and Notre Dame meets top-seeded Louisville in the semifinals and will have to win twice.

Same situation lies with this upcoming game: winner will have to beat No. 6 UConn twice to seal a spot in the finals.

We’ll see if USF can get the game in … Post on here later for a time update.

-K.K.

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