CLEARWATER, Fla. (March 18,2017)-- The USF softball team struggled offensively, falling in six innings to Missouri and eight to Illinois on day two of the Clearwater Spring Break Classic.
In game one of the day, the Bulls suffered a 13-4 run-rule loss to Mizzou in six innings. In game two, the Bulls took an early 3-0 lead against Illinois, but went to extras, eventually falling 7-3.
GAME ONE: MIZZOU 13, USF 4 (6 inn.)
The USF softball team couldn’t overcome a hot start from the Missouri Tigers, falling 13-4, in six innings.
The Tigers used four multi-run innings, including a five-run second to overpower the Bulls. Missouri would plate five in the second, four in the fourth and two each in the final two innings.
USF would get on the board in the third, making it a 5-1 game, on a Lindsey Devitt solo home run.
In the fifth, Astin Donovan would plate three on a home run of her own. Cassidy Boyle led off with a single and Sam Blashinsky would pinch run. Devitt singled to put two on before Donovan launched a 2-2 count over the wall in right field.
Devitt would lead the team with a 2-for-2 day, two runs and an RBI from the nine-spot. Donovan finished 1-for-3 with a run and three RBI.
GAME TWO: ILLINOIS 7, USF 3 (8 inn.)
The Bulls struck first in the second inning, on a Morgan Gross RBI single. Lauren Evans led off with a single, moving to third on a two-base error. A pitch hit Kassie Moeller to put two on, and Gross dropped a bloop single behind the Illinois second baseman, plating Evans from third.
In the third, two Bulls hit home runs, making it a 3-0 game after three. Sam Worrell led off with her fifth home run of the season and Moeller recorded her third of the year with two outs to extend the USF lead.
Illinois would cut the lead to one run in the fourth. A sacrifice fly and an RBI single would plate a pair, making it 3-2 USF after four. The Illini would tie the game on a solo home run in the fifth.
Going to extra innings, each team would follow international tiebreaker rules, putting a runner at second to start the inning. The Illini would plate four runs, using two RBI singles and an error to take a 7-3 lead.
The Bulls would go down in order in the eighth, falling 7-3, and dropping to 19-14 on the season.
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.