TAMPA - The University of South Florida softball team (28-16 overall, 7-5 BIG EAST) dropped the back end of a double header against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (17-11 overall, 4-1 BIG EAST), 6-4, on Sunday afternoon at the USF Softball Complex.
“I think we are going to have to find out our mentality on Tuesday [at practice],” said USF softball head coach Ken Eriksen. “We need to see if there is some championship fight left.”
The Bulls put two runs on the board in the first to take the 2-0 early lead.
Freshmen Janine Richardson and Gina Kafalas led off the game with back-to-back singles to begin the game. Senior Britta Giddens laid down a bunt single and an Irish throwing error advanced Richardson home. A wild pitch plated Kafalas to make the lead, 2-0.
Irish pinch hitter Alexia Clay hit a three-run home run in the sixth to give her team a 3-2 lead. They would score three additional runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-2 lead.
The Bulls would rally in the bottom of the seventh, tallying four hits and two runs but were unable to pull even.
Giddens and Kafalas led the Bulls will multiple hits in the loss.
Junior Kristen Gordon (6-4) received the loss tossing 6.1 innings, giving up six hits, six runs and two walks. She struck out seven Irish batters.
The Bulls will be back in action on Saturday, April 4 when they travel to Syracuse in a BIG EAST doubleheader that is set to begin at 11 a.m. Eastern.