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USF Shutout By Tulsa 4-0 in AAC Softball Final

The regular season AAC Softball champs couldn't seal the deal and clinch the conference tournament. Now the Bulls await their NCAA Tournament fate.

The Bulls were shutout by host team Tulsa in the AAC Tournament Finals and await their NCAA Regional fate.
The Bulls were shutout by host team Tulsa in the AAC Tournament Finals and await their NCAA Regional fate.
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USF softball swept Tulsa in their only regular season meeting back in April, but couldn't get things going in the AAC Tournament Championship Game, falling to the Golden Hurricane 4-0.

After recording her tenth complete game of the season on Friday vs. Houston, ace Erica Nunn wasn't as bulletproof on Saturday. With both teams scoreless heading into the fourth, the senior had a third inning to forget, started by a dropped fly ball by AAC Player of The Year Juli Weber. RBI's hits for Tulsa hitters Shelby Estocado, Catherine Horner, and Jocelyn Sheffield followed to give Tulsa a 3-0 lead, and a rough fifth inning resulted in the AAC Pitcher of the Year giving up a two-out, bases load walk to give the host team their fourth and final run.

The Bulls batters didn't fare any better when facing Tulsa pitcher Caitlin Sill, who threw a complete game shutout while only allowing four hits. The only player who was able to gain any traction offensively was Cassidy Boyle, who went 2-2 in the loss.

While falling short of winning the tournament, four individual players were recognized for their efforts as Nunn, Astin Donovan, Lauren Evans, and Lee Ann Spivey were named to the All-Tournament team.

While the Bulls were a lock to make the NCAA Tournament regardless of the outcome in Tulsa this weekend, winning would've bettered their chances of potentially hosting a Regional once play begins on May 20th. Whether it'd be in Gainseville, Tallahassee, Tuscaloosa, Knoxville, or a variety of other places home to the top sixteen teams, Ken Eriksen's ballclub will find out where they will play when the brackets are revealed on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on ESPNU.