CLEARWATER, FLA. (March 11, 2017)-- The USF softball team (14-11) suffered a pair of back-to-back losses in a doubleheader against Butler and Central Michigan. The Bulls fell to Butler, 5-1, before dropping their second game, 4-2, to Central Michigan.
GAME ONE: BUTLER 5, USF 1
Defensive miscues plagued USF in its first game of the day as the Bulls committed four errors in a 5-1 loss to Butler.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the first inning, using an RBI single and an RBI fielder’s choice to take a 2-0 lead. However, the Bulls would instantly cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning.
With one out, Kassie Moeller singled to put one on for Bethaney Keen. Keen followed with an RBI double, plating Moeller to make it a 2-1 game.
The second inning would plague the Bulls as they committed three of their four errors. The errors would allow the Bulldogs to plate another two runs, extending their lead.
Both teams would go scoreless for the next four innings as each pitcher settled in. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that Butler would plate its final run on a squeeze bunt to close out the 5-1 win.
GAME TWO: CENTRAL MICHIGAN 4, USF 2
Depsite an early lead, the USF softball team couldn't pull off a win in its second game of the day, falling to Central Michigan, 4-2.
The Bulls took a 2-0 lead in the first striking on a Hannah Parker two-RBI double. Kassie Moeller reached on a fielding error by the Chippewa second baseman and moved to second and a Bethaney Keen single. Parker came to the plate and roped a double down the right field line, plating Moeller and Keen.
Central Michigan would come right back, plating three runs in the top of the second. After an RBI single with no outs, the Bulls defense would slow down the Chippewas, getting two quick outs. With the bases loaded, a two-RBI single would give Central Michigan the 3-2 lead.
The Chippewas would take a 4-2 lead in the fifth, using a bases loaded sacrifice fly to plate a run.
In teh bottom of the seventh, the Bulls got the tying run into scoring position, after Astin Donovan and Kelsey Lay each recorded a hit. However, the Bulls couldn't bring them home.
UP NEXT The Bulls will wrap up the Under Armour Showcase with a doubleheader against Army and Central Connecticut State beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday at the USF Softball Stadium.
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.