TAMPA (April 8, 2017) – The University of South Florida softball team rallied back from a four-run deficit, the largest of the season, in a 7-6 victory over East Carolina on Saturday.
Junior Morgan Gross (Reno, Nev.) propelled the comeback victory with a three-run home run in the sixth inning.
A hot fourth-inning comeback by the Bulls tied up the game at four. With Astin Donovan (Guilford, Conn.) on base, Kassie Moeller (Fredricksburg, Va.) hit a two-run home run to put USF on the board. The Bulls would utilize a walk, an error, and a pair of singles later in the inning to score Kenya Yancy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Bethaney Keen (Bradenton, Fla.) with the tying runs.
Even at four, the Pirates took advantage of a defensive error in the fifth to plate two runs and reclaim their lead.
Down 6-4 with two runners aboard in the sixth, Gross powered the winning blast over the left field fence to push the Bulls ahead 7-6. The homer gave the Bulls their first lead and it was Gross' first career home run.
Hannah Parker then recorded the final out in the seventh to complete the comeback. She tossed 2.1 total innings, yielding just one earned run for her second save of the year.
- The two home runs by the Bulls accounted for five of the seven runs.
- Junior Meredith Bissette (Raleigh, N.C.) received her American Athletic Conference Championship ring at the start of the game, and was honored with a standing ovation at the plate before being lifted for a pinch hitter.
Next Up The Bulls will embark on a four-day road trip to face Jacksonville and UCF. USF and JU will play a midweek game on April 12, before the Bulls and Knights face off for a three-game War on I-4 series in conference play.
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.