Softball ends strong, poised for tourney

Before the break, the USF softball team was in the hunt for the regular season C-USA title, but a pair of conference losses took the Bulls out of contention.

When the Bulls traveled to DePaul April 28 for a three-game set, they needed to sweep the series.

A week before that, USF took two of three from Houston setting up a possible title run.

But when USF dropped in game two of a Sunday double header against the Blue Demons, the battle for the title came down to Southern Miss and Louisville. Southern Miss eventually took the regular-season C-USA crown.

USF closed out the season with five non-conference wins.

For the second consecutive year, the Bulls closed out the season with over 50 wins, which has happened only five other times in C-USA history.

No. 17 USF (55-10, 18-5) ended up third in C-USA and will play sixth-seeded East Carolina (46-22-1, 10-14) Thursday in the first round of the C-USA tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Bulls are still looking for their first C-USA tournament title.

USF took two of three from the Pirates earlier in the year in North Carolina. The 2-1 loss in the second game of the series snapped a 17-game winning streak.

Compiled by Thomas Simonetti