ORLANDO, FLA. (April 13, 2017)— The USF Softball team saw its four-game win streak come to an end Thursday night in a 2-0 loss to UCF in the first game of the War on I-4 series.
UCF (22-18, 6-4 American) got on the board in the first, using a bases-loaded single to plate the first run of the game for either side. The Bulls’ (25-20, 4-5 American) 21st double play of the year would end the bases-loaded threat to leave the damage at just the one run.
The Bulls would get runners to second multiple times throughout the next six innings, but couldn’t push the tying run across.
The Knights would strike for a second run in the bottom of the sixth, using a two-out RBI single to make it a 2-0 game.
Sam Worrell led the team with two of the Bulls’ three hits on the night. Kalen McGill would take the loss, throwing four innings and allowing just one unearned run.
KEY STATS -The pitching staff walked five UCF batters and hit one to give the Knights six free bases on the day. -The teams notched just eight hits total, with UCF earning the 5-3 advantage.
NOTABLES -UCF now leads the War on I-4 with a 38-18 advantage. -The Bulls are just 1-3 in their last four meetings with the Knights over the last two seasons.
UP NEXT The Bulls and Knights will meet in round two of the War on I-4 Friday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Orlando.
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.