USF softball opens season, gets win No. 1,000
USF softball won't open its new stadium until Feb. 24, but the Bulls still picked up a milestone win Friday on the first day of the season, earning the 1,000th victory in the program's history in Clearwater.
The Bulls (2-0) opened the season with an 8-4 win against Marshall, with freshman shortstop Kourtney Salvarola getting two doubles to drive in three runs in her college debut. Salvarola drove in two more in a 5-1 win against Long Island, with Capri Catalano and Sara Nevins combining for seven shutout innings in the milestone win. You can follow the Bulls' tournament on USF's official site, with games Saturday at 3 and 5 against Florida Gulf Coast and N.C. State.
-- One more link: The Times' Joey Knight has a great writeup on an emotional win for former USF guard and assistant Tommy Tonelli, whose Wharton team earned a district championship Friday night, just two days after his father died in Chicago. I'd be hard-pressed to name a former Bulls player more fondly remembered than Tonelli, who had another former Bulls great, Charlie Bradley, in attendance for the big win. Our heartfelt condolences to the Tonelli family for their loss.