TAMPA (Feb. 12, 2017) – The USF softball team wrapped up opening weekend with a 3-1 record after falling to No. 4 Florida in the weekend finale, 8-0, in six innings.
The Bulls won their first three games, all in comeback fashion, and picked up a win over No. 6 Michigan in the process.
Florida took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on a home run from Amanda Lorenz. The Gators were able to put two on with back-to-back hits, before Lorenz homered deep over the left field wall.
Junior Astin Donovan attempted to get the Bulls offense going in the fourth with a single through the right side. Donovan’s hit broke up Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill’s perfect game, but she would be left stranded at second.
An RBI double from Lorenz in the fourth pushed the lead to 5-0 for the Gators. Two more home runs in the fifth from Sophia Reynoso and Nicole Dewitt would allow Florida to run away with the 8-0 victory.
Junior Astin Donovan on the Bulls opening weekend: “I think one of the biggest things that we haven’t had in the past is we have the will to win, in the sense that we didn’t give up. We were behind in the first game, we were behind in the second game, we were behind in the third game, and we still didn’t give up. We never believed that it was over until it was over. The fight in our team will carry us through.”
Head coach Ken Eriksen on the weekend: “The weekend was successful. We went from 1-4 to 3-1 in one year and beat a ranked team. It’s moving in a positive direction. It’s nice to be above .500 and not trying to run uphill into the second weekend. We’ve got to tighten up a lot of things defensively, but I’m pleased.”
0- After committing at least one error in each of the three previous games, the Bulls defense did not commit a single error Sunday.
.600- Kristen Wyckoff’s batting average after four games. The junior finished the weekend 6-for-10 to lead the team.
Next Up The Bulls will host Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m., before heading to Clearwater, Fla., for a two-day tournament, Feb. 17-18.
Be sure to follow USF softball on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. The USF softball program has been one of the most successful on campus, making 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Women’s College World Series in 2012. USF returns 15 players from the 2016 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Juli Weber, first-team all-conference selection Lauren Evans, and second-team selections Astin Donovan and Kristen Wyckoff.