Fordham scored in the top of the 8th inning after a runner was placed at second to begin the extra frame.
USF loaded the bases in the bottom half of the 8th, but could not push a run across.
Freshman Sara Nevins went the distance and took the loss, allowing the one team run on five hits.
Gina Kafalas collected two of the Bulls’ three hits on the night, and Stephanie Medina earned the only other one for USF in the loss.
The Bulls take on UAB in game two, and GoUSFBulls.com will have complete recaps of both games following the nightcap.