Medina's walkoff HR pushes USF past FSU
Big win for USF softball back in Tampa, as Stephanie Medina hit a walkoff home run in the seventh to lead No. 24 USF past No. 21 FSU in a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.
USF's Sara Nevins (13-2) pitched a three-hitter, striking out 11 and giving up one unearned run. The Bulls are now 24-5, while FSU drops to 23-5 with the loss. FSU had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but USF rallied to tie in the sixth when Kourtney Salvarola doubled and scored on a groundout by catcher Laura Fountain. Medina's home run in the seventh tied her for the team lead with four this season.
The two schools hadn't played since 1999, when FSU handed the Bulls a 2-1 loss in the NCAA regionals; USF had beaten FSU 2-1 in the regular season in Tampa that same season. With the win, USF is now 13-38 all-time against the Seminoles.
USF is off to its best start since 2004, when the Bulls opened the year 26-5. It's a significant improvement from a year ago, when the Bulls finished 33-21. USF has six more home games in the coming week before the Bulls play their first actual road game on March 28 at Florida. The Big East season starts March 31 with three games at Pittsburgh.