Nevins throws gem as USF wins NCAA regional, 1-0
USF softball got a complete-game shutout and 12 strikeouts from ace Sara Nevins, and the Bulls eliminated host Florida with a huge 1-0 win Sunday to win an NCAA regional for just the second time in school history.
The Bulls (48-11) are now in strong position to host a Super Regional in Tampa this week against the winner of today's Hofstra-San Diego State final in Los Angeles. The NCAA selection committee will choose which team hosts the best-of-three Super Regional series, but USF's RPI rating is 17, well ahead of SDSU (45) and Hofstra (49).
The Bulls got their lone run in the fourth, when Stephanie Medina led off with a double and Kenshyra Jackson brought home the run by beating out the throw on an infield single. Florida (48-13) threatened in the sixth wih the bases loaded and no outs, but Nevins got two strikeouts and a groundout to end the inning, then retired the side in order in the seventh.
USF has made the Super Regional just one other time under coach Ken Eriksen, doing so in 2006. Stay tuned for news tonight on whether the Bulls will host and when the games will be played.