USF softball's run ends with 1-0 loss to LSU
USF softball's season ended by the closest of margins, as LSU struck for an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth and held on for a 1-0 win in Oklahoma City, eliminating the Bulls in a game in which each team managed only two hits.
LSU (40-24) scored on two defensive miscues by the Bulls -- with reliever Lindsey Richardson in for starter Sara Nevins, LSU's best hitter, Ashley Langoni, sent a line drive to deep right-center that bounced in and out of the glove of USF centerfielder Janine Richardson for an error. That put runners at second and third, and after the bases were loaded, the Tigers managed to score on an infield sacrifice fly.
LSU's Allison Falcon sent a pop fly that shortstop Kourtney Salvarola had to back up to field, and she seemed surprised to see LSU send the runner from third. Salvarola's throw home was in time but wide, allowing the Tigers to score the winning run.
USF, which lost a key bat when first baseman Stephanie Medina was injured in a collision on the basepaths, finished with two hits. Ashli Goff got a walk with two outs in the seventh, but USF's season ended when Gina Kafalas' bunt attempt hit her after she had left the batter's box for the third out.
USF made an early exit in Oklahoma City, but the Bulls are just the third team in Big East history to play in the College World Series, joining Connecticut in 1993 and DePaul in 2007.