Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles 10/31/16
(Sarasota, FL) The Orioles today announced their 2017 Grapefruit League schedule, which opens Friday, February 24, with an away game in Lakeland, Fla. against the Detroit Tigers. The Orioles will play their home opener two days later on Sunday, February 26, with a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The club’s Grapefruit League season will conclude at Ed Smith Stadium with the club’s Spring Training finale on Thursday, March 30, against the Tigers.
The 2017 season marks the eighth consecutive Spring Training season for the Orioles in Sarasota and the seventh at renovated Ed Smith Stadium. Last January, Ed Smith Stadium was named the 2015 Sports Turf Managers Association “Field of the Year” for professional baseball, considered the highest honor in the industry.
Baltimore will face eight different Major League opponents during its 17-game home schedule. The Orioles will play the Philadelphia Phillies three times at Ed Smith Stadium and the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays twice each. The Orioles will also square off against the division-rival New York Yankees once in Sarasota on Monday, February 27.
Additionally, as part of the World Baseball Classic exhibition schedule, the Orioles will host the defending champion Dominican Republic team on Tuesday, March 7. In 2013, the Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico to claim the World Baseball Classic crown with a roster featuring several of the Major League’s biggest stars.
The Orioles will play 17 road games during the Spring Training season, including four trips to play the Pirates; two trips to play the Rays, Red Sox, Tigers, Twins, and Yankees; and one trip to play the Blue Jays, Braves, and Phillies.
Single game tickets for all 17 games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Visit www.orioles.com/spring for more information regarding Orioles Spring Training in Sarasota.
(Tampa, FL) Quinton Flowers ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more to lead the USF Bulls to a 42-27 American Athletic Conference victory over the UConn Huskies Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Despite four turnovers for the Bulls, the win keeps USF (6-1, 3-0) undefeated in the AAC and in first place in the East Division.
“We can play better”, Bulls Head Coach Willie Taggart, said. “We had 4 turnovers and still won the game.”
Trailing 17-14 early in the third quarter, USF rallied with four touchdowns the rest of the way to secure bowl eligibility and maintain the top spot in its division.
Quarterback Quinton Flowers gave the Bulls its first lead when he zig-zagged his way to a 54-yard touchdown run on the Bulls second play on offense.
“It was like watching a video game”, his coach Willie Taggart joked after the game.
Flowers would score two additional touchdowns on the ground and toss for two more. The junior signal caller had a career night rushing for 157 yards on 16 carries and completing 23 of 37 passes for 213 yards. The only downside to his game was a pair of interceptions.
Marlon Mack scored on a 34 yard run with 2:57 left in the game to break the 100-yard rushing barrier for the 17th time in his USF career. Mack carried the ball 16 times for 107 yards and also caught six passes for 75 yards.
UConn (3-4, 1-3) quarterback Bryant Shirreffs threw for a pair of touchdowns while connecting on 22 of 39 passes for 306 yards. Arkeel Newsome led the Huskies ground game tallying 72 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.
The Bulls have a short week as they continue their AAC schedule next Friday night on the road in Philadelphia against Temple in a 7:00 PM kickoff. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN.
Tonight’s game was broadcast nationwide on CBS Sports Network.
Tonight’s win was the fifth straight for USF over UConn.
UConn last played in the Tampa Bay area in last December’s St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field, losing to Marshall 16-10.
Uniform Shuffle: The Bulls wore pink accents on their all green uniforms and white helmets for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Tonight’s win makes the USF bowl eligible for the second earliest time in school history. The Bulls won their sixth game on October 13, 2007 against UCF.
Marlon Mack had his 17th career 100-yard rushing game tonight to go over 3000 yards in his USF career.
Before tonight, the last nine games between USF and UConn had been decided by 8 points or less.
Last year (Oct. 17, 2015) the Bulls defeated the Huskies 28-20 in Hartford, CT.
The Bulls play their next two games on Friday nights. Next week (Oct. 21) at Temple and (Oct. 28) against Navy at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.