USF softball heads to Gainesville for NCAA regional
For the second year in a row, USF softball's path to Oklahoma City and the College World Series will start up the road in Gainesville, where the No. 2 seed Gators will host the Bulls this weekend.
USF (43-14) earned a Big East championship on Sunday, and the Bulls will open regional play Friday against Georgia Southern. Florida plays host to Hampton, and the Bulls will try to emerge from Gainesville, as they did with a 1-0 win last season.
The Bulls were one of three Big East teams in the field, along with Louisville -- which has the No. 15 seed and will meet the winner of the Gainesville regional if the Cards advance -- and regular-season league champion Notre Dame.
USF played the Gators twice this season, losing a close 3-1 game in Tampa, then a 9-1 mercy-rule game in Gainesville. USF got a 1-0 win in Gainesville last season to advance to Super Regionals, where they edged Hofstra for the right to go to Oklahoma City. The Bulls posted three straight shutouts to win the Big East tournament this weekend, with ace Sara Nevins throwing a combined 22.2 innings of scoreless baseball to earn all three wins.