Softball Eliminated in Tallahassee Regional
USF softball played South Carolina three times this season. The combined results of those matchups were 15-1 in favor of the Gamecocks. Falling prey to a pair of shutouts to their SEC foes with a victory sandwiched between them, Ken Eriksen and company's season came to an end this past weekend in the Tallahassee regional.
It was a rainy weekend with sloppy results for the Bulls in the state capital. After being shut out in spite of an eight hit performance against Scar on Friday, the Bulls entered the loser's bracket knowing everything would be on the line on Saturday, having to win back-to-back contests in a double-header just to make it to the regional finals.
Led by two RBI games from all-conference players Astin Donovan and Lauren Evans, USF took an early lead and never looked back in a 6-4 victory over surprise MEAC champs FAMU in Game one on Saturday.
However, when having to play the Gamecocks again just thirty minutes later, they simply ran out of gas. The SEC East squad jumped on Bulls ace Erica Nunn right from the jump, securing six runs on only three hits in three and two-thirds innings against the AAC pitcher of the year. Meanwhile, South Florida batters simply couldn't gain any traction against Gamecocks ace Jessica Elliott, who went the distance in a seven inning shutout that sealed the Bulls' fate.
While the season ended on a downer, we'll still remember this team for coming out of virtually nowhere after a disappointing 8-9 start to cruise through the AAC on the back of a twenty-three game winning streak, hail a new home run queen, and capture several conference awards in the process. You can bet they'll be right back in the thick of things next year with the hopes of actually hosting a regional tournament in 2017.
Baseball Swept By Uconn
It was a rough way to send the seniors out during the final homestand of the regular season as Mark Kingston's guys were swept by Uconn. Despite the losses, USF still locked down the number seven seed in the AAC tournament, meaning they avoid having to immediately play conference champion Tulane right off the bat. (Yaaaay!)
The Basebulls were outscored by the Huskies 21-7 in the three-game set in which Nathan was on hand to cover most of. Coming off a surprising series victory over East Carolina last weekend, immediately dropping three straight to Uconn epitomizes the up and down nature of this snake-bitten, injury riddled season for the Bulls. Now they turn their attention to Clearwater, where they hope they can pick up a victory or two (or four) and make some noise in the AAC Tournament.
Here is the bracket for the tournament:
What has the football team been up to since spring practice ended about a month ago? Building stuff of course! Check out Bulls players and coaches helping build parks and playgrounds in their cool weekend community service project.
Collin Pushing the #Brand on Other Podcasts
While our own Unnamed USF Podcast has been on hold for a few weeks, take some time to listen to Collin appear on other shows to talk expansion, the upcoming season, Skyline Chili, making fun of Hattiesburg, MS, and more...
- Conference Realignment Leftovers Podcast with the Uconn Blog and Down the Drive.
- Scott and Holman Houston Pawdcast (Appears at 54 minute mark).
Enjoy your week Bulls fans!