Sweeps again for USF softball, baseball
Another perfect weekend for USF softball and baseball, as both Bulls teams again pulled off three-game sweeps, with softball taking care of St. John's and baseball getting a rare road sweep at Cincinnati. Together, the two squads are a combined 17-1 in Big East play.
We'll start with softball, where ace Sara Nevins won all three games, getting within a single strike of a perfect game in Saturday's 6-0 win, which ended up a simple two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and zero walks. Nevins is now 22-2, and USF is 36-5, continuing to rise in the national rankings after a perfect 9-0 start in conference play.
Baseball isn't far behind, tied with Connecticut for first place in the Big East standings with an 8-1 mark to go with a 23-10 overall record after Saturday's 8-5 victory. The Bulls won despite being outhit 12-7, taking advantage of four Bearcats errors and getting four RBIs from Daniel Rockhold. Derrick Stultz improved to 5-1 with the win, continuing an impressive comeback season.
Baseball has struggled against in-state opponents, going 3-7, and they'll have a tough challenge Tuesday at Stetson. Softball, meanwhile, ahs won 16 in a row and has a rare midweek Big East doubleheader, facing Providence at home on Wednesday afternoon. Crazy as it seems, Nevins could be Big East Pitcher of the Week for the fifth week in a row and the sixth time in seven weeks.