USF softball loses 1-0 on Notre Dame no-hitter
USF freshman Sara Nevins took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but Notre Dame freshman Laura Winter did one better, beating the Bulls with a seven-inning no-hitter, retiring the final 19 batters in a 1-0 win to open a doubleheader in Tampa.
Notre Dame's only run came in the fifth inning -- Notre Dame's first hit came on a bunt single by Sadie Pitzenberger, and with two outs, Katie Fleury hit a fly to shallow leftfield. Centerfield Gina Kafalas charged the ball and appeared to make the catch, but she collided with leftfielder Kelly McCarver and the ball came out, allowing pinch-runner Monica Torres to score on what was ruled an RBI double.
Nevins struck out eight and saw her streak of scoreless innings end after 46 innings, giving up her only run since April 2. The Bulls' only chance at scoring came in the first, as Winter hit Gina Kafalas on the first pitch of the game, then walked Janine Richardson with two outs. From there, she pitched a perfect game the rest of the way, with few balls being hit out of the infield.
Nevins will start the second game of the doubleheader as well, having thrown 102 pitches in a complete-game three-hitter in the first game. The loss drops USF to 12-2 in Big East play, while Notre Dame improves to 9-1 in conference. After today's doubleheader, the Bulls have a full week off before finishing the season at first-place DePau (12-1) next weekend.