A bases-clearing double by Ohio State pinch hitter Taylor Stevens in the sixth inning doomed USF softball Friday afternoon in their first game of the Gainesville Regional.
USF freshman pitcher Georgina Corrick had been dealing for the Bulls prior to the fateful inning as she struck out seven Buckeyes in the first five innings of her NCAA tournament debut.
The Bulls had their chance to strike early in the third when they loaded the bases with two outs after an error and two walks gave Samantha Worrell a prime opportunity to give Corrick early run support. But Worrell struck out swinging to end the threat.
The Bulls also had runners in scoring position in the fourth and sixth innings, but couldn’t bring them home.
They also had the tying run at the plate in the seventh inning after Lindsey Devitt doubled home Jasmine Haynes with two outs, but Worrell grounded out to short to end the game.
USF will face Bethune-Cookman, who was no-hit by UF, today at 5 p.m. in an elimination game.