Semi-tough: USF out at Big East softball
Second-seeded USF was eliminated from the Big East tournament on Friday afternoon, falling 5-1 to Louisville in the semifinals.
The Bulls (44-22) kept close, trailing 2-1 entering the final inning, but reliever Kristen Gordon gave up two home runs to Louisville to put the game out of reach. Cardinals pitcher Kristen Wadwell settled down after a rough first inning, holding the Bulls to one unearned run.
The Bulls now must wait to find out if they've done enough to land an at-large berth for the NCAA Tournament. USF entered the tournament with an RPI of 72, and the Bulls will pull for top-seeded DePaul to win the league crown, increasing the chances of the conference landing more at-large spots. Louisville entered the tournament with an RPI of 67, even though their 35-23 record isn't as good as USF's.
Here's one man's projection of the NCAA field -- when published, it had the Big East getting just its automatic bid. The same thread has a bubble watch that has USF as one of the top four teams to miss the cut, so by this projection, the Bulls will have to hope as many of the one-bid leagues can have their top seeds win. The selection announcement is Sunday at 3 p.m.