The USF Softball team is postseason bound for the 13th time in program history and they will head to Gainesville...again.
The regional is hosted by the no. 2 national seed UF (50-8), who USF hasn’t had much luck against in recent history and includes Ohio St. (34-14) and Bethune-Cookman (31-24). The Bulls will begin their postseason journey up I-75 on Friday, May 18 at 5 p.m. vs the Ohio State University. and it will be aired live on ESPNU.
USF earned an at-large bid with a 38-21 record that included leading conference play wire-to-wire en route to winning the regular season title. The Bulls then won two thrilling games in the conference tournament before losing to eventual threepeat champs Tulsa.
Unlike the conference tournament, the NCAA Tournament Regionals will be double-elimination with the winner of the regional moving on to the best-of-three series Super-Regional to crown the eight teams who will head to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series. The Bulls last and only WCWS appearance happened in 2012, where they started their journey in Gainesville.
USF joins Wichita St., Houston and Tulsa as four programs from The American headed to the NCAA Tournament, which ties a conference record.
Don't call us fortune-tellers, but we've got 4️⃣ teams headed to the #NCAAsoftball Championship. That ties a conference record.— American Softball (@American_SBall) May 14, 2018
Congratulations, @TulsaSoftball, @UHCougarSB, @USFSoftball and @GoShockersSB! https://t.co/yL2B78PTRB
This outcome was predicted on The Bulluminati Podcast, so loyal listeners had an idea of where the Bulls would play in the tournament early on. Of course, when you’ve placed in this regional six times out of 13, you’re not making any #HOTTAKES or anything.
Congratulations to Ken Eriksen and his team and best of luck ladies against the Buckeyes!