Softball loses to Hoyas, misses Big East tourney
A long season for USF softball has ended surprisingly early, as the Bulls' 2-1 loss at Georgetown Sunday cost them a spot in the Big East tournament.
USF (24-29, 9-13) entered the day needing just a win or Rutgers loss to clinch the final spot in the tournament, but the Bulls lost and Rutgers pulled off a 7-1 upset of Pittsburgh -- the Scarlet Knights are going to the Big East tournament, and the Bulls aren't, for the first time since they joined the league in 2006.
It was a close loss for the Bulls, with a tie game in the bottom of the seventh, until Pittsburgh got a two-out double, then scored the winning run on an error by third baseman Alison Savarese. Freshman Lindsey Richardson took the loss despite holding Georgetown to three hits for the game.
The Bulls finish with a losing record for just the third time in their 26 years of softball, and the second time in Ken Eriksen's 14 seasons. After a 5-4 start in Big East play, the Bulls won just four of their last 13 conference games.