Top-seeded DePaul beats USF softball, 4-0
USF's softball team was held to one infield single by DePaul pitcher Becca Heteniak, who also hit a two-run home run to lead the top-seeded Blue Demons to a 4-0 win on Friday in the semifinals of the Big East tournament in Louisville.
The Bulls (34-22) trailed 2-0 entering the seventh inning, but DePaul got three hits off three Bulls relievers, with a two-out bases-loaded single off senior Cristi Ecks bringing in two runs. USF's Janine Richardson reached on an error to open the bottom of the seventh, but the Bulls went 1-2-3 from there.
Freshman Candace Howell, who started for USF, gave up the two-run home run in the first, but held DePaul to just one hit in the next four innings, leaving in the sixth after striking out six batters. Heteniak pitched her second game in as many days, striking out nine while facing four more batters than the minimum.
The question now for USF is whether the Bulls have done enough to merit an at-large berth to the NCAA regionals -- they've made it there five times in the last six years. With an RPI in the mid-40s, USF is right on the NCAA bubble and will have to wait and see what the NCAA selection committee decides Sunday ...