In the longest game in American Athletic Conference tournament history, the USF Bulls rallied for a 2-1 twelve inning walk-off win over UConn in quarterfinals action on Friday night at the USF Softball Stadium.
Lauren Evans wins it for @USFSoftball!!! The senior delivers the game-winning hit for the Bulls in the bottom of the 12th! WHAT. A. GAME.— American Digital (@American_DN) May 11, 2018
USF advances to play Memphis tomorrow in the semifinals tomorrow at 4:30pm ET! pic.twitter.com/sKZdHjQpT6
Junior catcher Macy Cook finally opened the scoring in the bottom of the sixth with a two-out RBI single to make it 1-0 USF. The Bulls couldn’t hang onto the lead for long however, as the Huskies knotted it up 1-1 with a two-out pinch hit RBI single of their own in the seventh.
AAC Rookie of the Year and Co-Pitcher of the Year, Georgina Corrick, got the start for USF and went 8.2 innings allowing only two hits, no earned runs, walking two and striking out three on 112 pitches.
Senior Hannah Parker was credited with the win after striking out five batters in 3.1 quality innings of relief of Corrick, while junior Lindsey Devitt led all Bulls at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double.
With two outs and a runner on second, senior infielder Lauren Evans came up with the game-winning hit in the twelfth after a sharply hit grounder to the Huskies second baseman took a crazy hop and dribbled into right field to give the Bulls a 2-1 victory.
Top-seeded USF will face fifth-seeded Memphis at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the USF Softball Stadium. It’s the Bulls fourth trip to The American Softball Championship semifinals in the last five years.