CLEARWATER - Runs weren't easy to come by, nor were hits Sunday afternoon, in the final game of the USF Under Armour Invitational.
The University of South Florida (13-4 overall) combined with Miami University (Ohio) for just 10 hits at the Eddie C. Moore complex, the Bulls finally bending to the Redhawks 2-1 in eight innings of well-pitched softball.
"Our pitchers were definitely doing their jobs," senior catcher Laura Fountain said. "It's one thing to keep runs off the boards, and another to put them on. We just couldn't help our pitchers out today."
Playing with an international tie-breaker due to tournament rules, Miami started the eighth inning with a runner on second base, bunted her to third, and with two outs, singled to score the eventual winning run.
USF had two opportunities with a runner on third in its half of the eighth, but Miami pitcher Jessica Simpson kept the Bulls off the board to grab the win.
Freshman pitcher Sam Greiner started for USF, and locked horns with Miami starter Paige Myers for the first five innings. The opposing pair allowed just three combined hits in that time-frame, both leaving the game in a 1-1 tie.
USF scored its run in the fourth, as sophomore first baseman Stephanie Medina drove a single through the hole on the right side, ending a no-hit bid and scoring senior outfielder Janine Richardson with two outs. It was one of five hits for the Bull, each coming from a different player.
Despite the end result, head coach Ken Eriksen said the team could take consolation in the fact that they have put themselves in a position to win each game.
"We're not as aggressive at the plate right now as I think we need to be, but at least there's some heart," he said. "All four of our losses this year, we've had the winning run at the plate. It shows that we're battling, and we just need to get over that hump."