ORLANDO, FLA. (April 15, 2017)— The USF softball team dropped a heartbreaking extra-inning loss to UCF Saturday afternoon in the final game of the series. UCF used an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn the 5-4 victory and series win.
The Bulls are now 26-21, 5-6 American, while UCF improved to 23-19, 6-6 American. With the series win, the Knights secured four points for the War on I-4 battle, while USF earned two with a win on Friday.
The Bulls utilized a leadoff error, plating a run in the top of the first to take the lead. Kristen Wyckoff reached on a two-base throwing error, coming home on a sacrifice fly from Kassie Moeller.
UCF would strike back in the bottom of the first, plating four runs on five hits to take the 4-1 lead after sending all nine batters to the plate.
Astin Donovan would put USF in striking distance, blasting a two-run home run to centerfield. The home run was her third of the season and put USF within one-run of the Knights in the third.
Cassidy Boyle would tie the game in the top of the seventh on a pinch-hit RBI single plating Lauren Evans and sending the game to extra innings.
KEY STATS -The Knights outhit the Bulls 8-5 for the game. -After the four-run first, the Bulls held UCF scoreless for the next 7.1 innings. -Hannah Parker threw five innings of two-hit ball, allowing just one run in relief.
NOTABLES - USF has yet to win a series over the Knights since both teams joined the American Athletic Conference in 2014. -USF is now 1-3 in extra-inning games this season.
UP NEXT The Bulls will host Memphis for a three-game series April 21-23. Saturday’s game will be Alumni Day and seniors Kassie Moeller, Kristen Wyckoff and Susan Wysocki will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Sunday April 23.
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.