USF softball makes early exit with 6-0 loss
USF softball didn't last long at the Big East tournament at Notre Dame, falling 6-0 to fifth-seeded DePaul in Thursday morning's opening round. The Bulls (45-11) gave up six runs in the fifth inning, five of them unearned, and mustered only two hits in the loss.
USF, with an RPI of 19, is definitely playing in the NCAA regionals next week for the first time since 2008, but the early exit likely ends any hopes of the Bulls hosting such a regional. The Bulls will find out where they're playing late Sunday night when the NCAA field is announced.
USF's Sara Nevins took a no-hitter into the fourth, but ran into trouble in the fifth, giving up a leadoff double, then a pair of two-out, two-run singles. The final five runs were unearned because of a fielding error by first baseman Stephanie Medina.
USF softball has struggled of late in Big East tournaments -- they haven't won a game or scored a run in the tournament since 2009, missing the field in 2010 and getting shut out in their openers the last two years. It's also the third time in five seasons that DePaul has eliminated the Bulls, including a shutout in the 2009 semifinals.