USF softball falls to South Carolina in opening game

Posted: May 20, 2016 in Softball
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USF, 44-15, fell 2 to 0 against South Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA tournament regional round. USF just could not get the offense going despite several chances throughout the game.

In the 1st, South Carolina went ahead 1 to 0. After the first, USF had several opportunities, including getting Cassidy Boyle to third in the 3rd inning, but could muster a run across in the middle of the game. In the 6th, South Carolina extended the lead to 2 to 0. In the bottom of the 6th, USF got two runners on, but Nunn lined into a double play to end the scoring threat for USF and the Bulls would not muster anything in the 7th.

USF had hits the entire game, but could never get that key, big hit to drive a run across. They hit into two double plays as well, killing promising innings as well.

Astin Donovan was 3 for 3 overall. Lee Ann Spivey was 0 for 3 (South Carolina kept our big bats quiet in this game). Lauren Evans was 3 for 3 and Cassidy Boyle was 2 for 3 in the game. Like I said before, they got hits and had runners on base, they just could not get that one hit to drive in a run.

Erica Nunn went 7 innings, allowing just 3 hits, 2 runs, 5 walks and struck out 4 batters. She pitched well but South Carolina was just able to get those two runs across that ended up deciding the game.

USF will play the loser of the FSU vs. FAMU game tomorrow at 2:30 PM. Time to learn from this and get the bats going tomorrow. The season is not over yet.

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