By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The USF softball team has made its way back into the national rankings.
The Bulls came in at No. 24 in both the NFCA and ESPN/USA Softball Top 25 polls after winning their 12th consecutive Big East game on Sunday.
USF (35-12, 13-1) took a three-game set from Providence last weekend and has won 29 of its past 31 games. The Bulls’ pitching staff ranks second nationally with a 1.29 ERA. Individually, Sara Nevins’ 0.96 ERA ranks fifth in the country while Lindsey Richardson (1.16 ERA) is eighth. Nevins and Richardson have combined to throw four no-hitters this season after Richardson produced her third in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader against Providence.
Shortstop Kourtney Salvarola leads the Big East with 13 homers after hitting a three-run shot to cap off USF’s 10-0 win in Game 1 on Saturday.
The Bulls hit the road for a three-game series at DePaul that starts with a doubleheader Saturday at noon in Chicago. USF plays at doubleheader at Seton Hall on Tuesday, April 23 before wrapping up the regular season with a home series against Syracuse April 27-28.