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Did USF softball win 1-0 with no hits, or two?



Friday night's softball game between USF and Mississippi State in Clearwater was indisputably a pitchers' duel, with the Bulls' Sara Nevins edging the Bulldogs' Stephanie Becker in a 1-0 Bulls victory.

The question that remains is whether Becker threw a no-hitter against the Bulls. When the game ended, the official scorer had USF with two hits -- one in the third by Gina Kafalas that scored the game's only run, and one in the seventh by Kenshyra jackson.

According to USF, a half-hour later, the box score was amended to show only one USF hit, and then an hour after that, the official scorer again reversed an initial ruling and filed a box score with zero hits for USF, giving Becker the 13th no-hitter in Bulldogs history, even in a loss. Both hits were changed to errors by the Mississippi State third baseman.

Here's the story from Mississippi State's official site, tallying the no-hitter as the 24th thrown by a pitcher under MSU coach Vann Stuedeman. Here's the story from USF's site, crediting the Bulls with two hits.

USF (8-1) is appealing both scoring decisions, and the game's final outcome is not in dispute. The Bulls play two more games today, facing Boston University and Illinois State in Clearwater.

(UPDATE: USF's appeal on the scoring rulings was denied, so officially, it's a no-hit loss for Mississippi State's Stephanie Becker.)

[Last modified: Saturday, February 25, 2012 1:57pm]


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