GREENVILLE, N.C. (May 11, 2017) – The USF Softball team dropped a heartbreaker in the first round of the conference tournament, falling 7-0 to Memphis Thursday morning.
The Bulls are 32-24 on the year, while Memphis improved to 29-26. USF will find out if it still has a chance to play more games during Sunday's NCAA Tournament Selection Show.
Memphis took the lead in the top of the first on an RBI single from Lindsay Crowdus.
USF had key opportunities to tie or take the lead, loading the bases with just one out in the home half of the first. In the fourth, Kassie Moeller walked and moved over to third on a wild pitch and stolen base, but would be stranded 60 feet from home.
In the fifth, Memphis tacked on five runs, thanks to two USF errors and six hits. The Tigers forced three pitching changes, before a grounder to Cassidy Boyle at shortstop went for the final out of the inning.
The Tigers would plate one more run in the fifth to take a 7-0 lead.
Key Stats -USF left eight runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the first inning. -The Bulls made four errors, with three of the four leading to eventual runs. -USF was outhit 12-6 for the game.
Notable -This is the first time the Bulls have lost their first-round game in the American tournament. -USF had won six straight games against Memphis, including regular season sweeps in back-to-back seasons.
Next Up The Bulls will learn their fate in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 14, during the selection show. The show will air at 10 p.m. on ESPNU.
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.