TAMPA (March 3, 2017) – The USF softball team picked up its tenth win of the season, a 1-0 victory over Georgia State, before falling to Syracuse, 2-1, in the first day of the Under Armour Invitational.
GAME ONE: USF 1, GSU 0
Cheyenne Eggens threw a complete game shutout and AnaMarie Bruni delivered the walk-off RBI single to secure the Bulls’ 10th win of the season.
A pitchers dual for the majority of the game, the Bulls managed to pull off the win with a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh.
Senior Kristen Wyckoff singled up the middle with two outs to bring up Bruni. With Bruni at the plate, Wyckoff stole second and third to put the winning run 60 feet from home. On a 1-2 pitch, Bruni singled up the middle, plating Wyckoff and giving USF the victory.
Wyckoff was just one stolen base shy of tying the USF single-game record. The senior had three in the game, bringing her season total to a perfect 9-for-9. Wyckoff was also 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the team.
Eggens set a career-high in innings pitched, throwing her first seven-inning complete game. The sophomore allowed just six hits and did not give up a walk in the outing.
GAME TWO: SYRACUSE 2, USF 1
After five scoreless inning, Syracuse took a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Two walks and an error loaded the bases for the Orange with no outs. A sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout would plate a pair, giving Syracuse the lead.
The Bulls responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead in half. With two outs, USF loaded the bases on a Kassie Moeller single, Hannah Parker walk and Morgan Gross hit by pitch.
With the bases loaded, Lindsey Devitt slid into first, forcing the Syracuse first baseman to drop the ball, and plating a run in the process.
Parker took the loss in a complete game outing, striking out six and allowing just three hits. Of the two runs allowed, just one was earned.
At the plate, Wyckoff once again finished 2-for-3, along with Moeller. USF outhit Syracuse, 7-3 in the loss.
Next Up The Bulls will head to Clearwater Saturday for a doubleheader against Ball State and Towson beginning at 3:00.
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 14 players from the 2016 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including, first-team all-conference selection Lauren Evans, and second-team selections Astin Donovan and Kristen Wyckoff.