Bulls outlast Ga. Southern 1-0 in NCAA regionals
USF softball's dominant pitching hasn't dropped off a bit, as the Bulls' Lindsey Richardson and Sara Nevins combined for 18 strikeouts and a one-hit shutout, helping the Bulls to a 1-0 victory over Georgia Southern to open the NCAA regional in Gainesville.
All four Bulls hits came from twin sisters Ashli and Courtney Goff, who both had hits in the bottom of the eighth inning, with Ashli scoring the game's only run on a squeeze bunt by Kourtney Salvarola. The win was the Bulls' fourth shutout in a row, following three in the Big East tournament in Tampa.
The Bulls (44-14) advance to play Saturday against the winner of tonight's game host Florida and Hampton, with Saturday's winner advancing to Sunday's regional final. Times staff writer Antonya English is covering the game in Gainesville and will have a full story later.
-- Totally merits a headline of its own, but USF men's golf got a stellar round from junior Richard James, who had six birdies on the back nine on the way to a 5-under-par 67 on the second day of the NCAA regionals in Tallahassee. James finished his round tied for the lead but enters the final round two strokes back, and USF as a team is tied for fifth -- the top five teams will advance to the NCAA finals.