TAMPA — The University of South Florida Bulls received an at-large bid to the 64-team NCAA softball tournament. The Bulls (41-15) face South Carolina (35-20) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the Tallahassee Regional on ESPN2.
If USF wins its first game in the double-elimination event, it moves to Saturday against the winner between No. 8-seeded Florida State (50-6) and Fordham (36-18).
The winner of the Tallahassee Regional faces the Tempe Regional winner (No. 9-seeded Arizona State, Dartmouth, San Diego State and Michigan).
The No. 5-seeded Florida Gators (45-11) meet Florida A&M (24-27), while Stetson (38-12) meets UCF (41-16) in the Gainesville Regional.
USF had six members of the American Athletic Conference first team, including pitcher Sara Nevins, shortstop Kourtney Salvarola, first baseman Stephanie Medina and outfielder Ashli Goff, who comprised the core of the Bulls’ 2012 team that reached the Women’s College World Series.
“We feel like we have the tournament experience to carry us through,” Goff said. “We have prepared well. Now it’s a matter of executing and reaching our potential.”
UT’s season ends
TAMPA — Valdosta State scored the game’s only run on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Tampa 1-0 and win the Division II South Region 2 title, ending the Spartans’ season. UT (33-8) lost twice to Valdosta State at the regional, the first a 5-2 setback on Saturday.