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USF Athletics Weekend Round-Up 4/1-4

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No. 14 Women’s Soccer Beats Memphis 2-1, Clinches Share of Regular Season Title

USF (7-0-1, 6-0) continued their unbeaten streak by dispatching of Memphis at home on senior night to clinch at least a share of the AAC regular season crown, and hosting rights for the conference tournament.

The Bulls scored two goals within the first 19’ of the game and didn’t look back. Memphis’ lone goal came just before halftime in the 36’ with the second half yielding no scores for either team.

Senior Katie Kitching scored her second goal of the year in the 9’ while junior Sydny Nasello scored the game-winner—her fourth of the year. This is the fourth consecutive year head coach Denise Shilte-Brown’s squad has won a conference championship. They won the regular season title in 2018 in addition to this season and won the conference tournament in 2017 and 2019. Sydny Nasello (Offensive Player of the Week), Chyanne Dennis (Defensive Player of the Week), and Sydney Martinez (Honor Roll) all received conference weekly honors.

USF will wrap-up their regular season at Cincinnati (4-4, 3-3) on Sunday before the American Athletic Conference Tournament starting on the 15th.

Softball takes 3 of 4 in Houston, continues hot start in conference play

USF continues their hot streak in-conference by sweeping the doubleheader on Thursday 1-0 and 14-1, losing on Friday 4-3, and starting a new streak on Saturday with another 1-0 victory. Junior Georgina Corrick continued her stellar pitching by striking out 26 Cougars across 15 innings of work and not allowing a single run across all three wins. She picked up the complete game victory in Thursday’s opener and on Saturday, also pitching an inning in Thursday’s second game. Corrick hasn’t allowed an earned run since March 10—a span of 62 consecutive innings. Senior Brooke Hartman and redshirt freshman Nicole Bechtel both slugged home runs in game 2 on Thursday while a 2-run home run by Houston in the 6th was too much to overcome in their lone loss of the series on Friday.

Corrick received Pitcher of the Week Honors for the fifth time this season while senior AnaMarie Bruni earned a spot on the Conference Honor Roll.

Oh also, check out this sweet defensive play by outfielder Brooke Leistl that made on the Sportscenter Top 10.

USF (17-7, 7-1) will head to Gainesville on Wednesday to face off against the Gators before returning home to play Tulsa in a four-game series this weekend.

Baseball splits first set of War-on-I-4 series with C.

A doomed sixth inning ruins an otherwise stellar outing by Jack Jasiak as he delivered his fifth quality start of the season in a 5-2 loss in the opening game. The redshirt freshman pitched seven innings striking out seven Knights and only walking one before surrendering three runs in the sixth.

The Bulls rebounded winning both games of the doubleheader on Friday, 6-2 and 3-1. Seniors Dylan Burns and Collin Sullivan both pitched gems with Burns allowing only two runs in the first and striking out eight over six innings and Sullivan striking out nine over 8.2 innings and not allowing an earned run. Freshman Carmine Lane and sophomore Roberto Pena both hit home runs in game one of the doubleheader.

USF was then scoreless in the final game of the series losing 3-0 with C. pitcher AJ Jones allowing zero runs on seven innings pitched and no-hitting the Bulls through six innings.

USF (12-14, 2-2) will welcome Tulane (14-13, 3-1) to the USF Baseball Stadium for a four game series this weekend.

Men’s Soccer loses second straight double-OT thriller, this time to Memphis

USF lost their third straight contest on Friday in another double-OT game 2-1 to the Memphis Tigers on senior night. Freshman Shion Soga scored his second goal of the year just before halftime before Memphis hit the equalizer in the 70’. Memphis outshot USF 9-6 with junior Kazuna Takasa making six saves in nearly 108’ of game time.

USF (4-5) will look to finish the regular season in the win column at Tulsa (5-2-1) on Friday.

Women’s Tennis loses pair of games to No. 28 Rice and FIU

USF struggled against no. 28 Rice losing the doubles point and the first threes singles points in straight sets to finish 0-4 under windy conditions in Miami. They then lost to the Panthers 4-2 with sophomore Laura Pellicer winning a singles point for the Bulls in straight sets and freshman Margriet Timmermans securing their second match point in three sets.

USF (7-12) will next head to Oviedo to face no. 16 C. (12-4) on Friday.

No. 37 Men’s Tennis loses pair of games to No. 13 C., No. 25 Tulane at home.

USF lost 4-3 to the Green Wave on Friday losing the doubles point and securing victories from Jakub Wojcik, Pierre Luquet, and Antionio Muniz.

USF then lost to C. 4-3 on Saturday that saw the doubles point go to a contested third set before the Knights collected the point. Chase Ferguson, Wojcik, and Muniz all collected singles points for the Bulls with Wojcik’s match point coming officially on a default.

The doubles point continues to doom the Bulls.

USF (11-8) will next face FAU on Friday at home.

No. 24 Men’s Golf finishes ninth in loaded 15-team field at the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational

USF finished even par as a team finishing six strokes ahead of 10th place Georgia State and South Carolina in Augusta. No. 3 Oklahoma State ran away with the team title finishing -37 with no. 17 Pepperdine right on their heels finishing -35. The third place team - no. 33 Notre Dame - finished -19. Freshman Run Youprayong led all Bulls finishing -1 after round three finishing tied for 25th. Sophomore Luke Gifford completed his weekend finishing even par - good for a tie at 29th in the player rankings.

USF will have the next weekend off before heading to Phoenix in the Thunderbird Collegiate to finish the regular season.

Bulls’ runners break records at the South Florida Invitational

USF continues to see improvement in the running sports under head coach Erik Jenkins winning three events, placing second in two, and breaking the school record for fastest 4x400 meter relay time. Graduate student Gabrielle DesRosiers, juniors Patricija Roshofa and Jae’nisa Heckstall, and freshman Saniya Benjamin teamed up to etch their names in the USF record book with a time of 3:37.88 in the 4x400 relay breaking the record by less than half a second. The second place team - Troy - finished six seconds slower. The Bulls also secured the second fastest 4x100 meter relay time in school history - 44.56 seconds - winning the event at the invitational by nearly two full seconds over second place Georgia State. Heckstall continued her winning weekend securing the 400-meter hurdles and the second fastest time in school history at 58.52 - finishing over a second faster than the second place finisher.

USF will take a weekend off before returning to competition in Gainesville at the Tom Jones Memorial.