Florida defeats USF 2-0 to earn trip to NCAA Softball Super Regional
It was the classic pitcher’s duel between Florida and USF on Sunday afternoon, as Bulls ace Sara Nevins and Florida’s Hannah Rogers battled it out in brutal near-90 degree temperatures.
But the outcome ultimately came down to the team that made the fewest mistakes.
Nevins gave up just one hit, but two critical mistakes in the fourth sealed the Bulls’ (45-16) fate. The senior standout walked in a run, then allowed another to score when she hit batter Taylore Fuller, leading to Florida’s 2-0 win over the Bulls Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Gainesville Regional.
With the victory, Florida (55-7) advances to its sixth NCAA Super Regional. The Gators will host either UAB or UCLA this weekend.
While the Gators struggled at the plate, Rogers kept them in the game with her arm, going seven innings, giving up three hits with five strikeouts in 24 at bats. She said pitching against a player of Nevins’ caliber also improves her game.
“It’s like a pitcher’s matchup, and you’re fighting for every pitch and every out throughout the whole game,” Rogers said.
Hear what UF coach Tim Walton had to say following today's game: