Just as USF was about to fall below .500 in the Big East, the Bulls made a crucial rally in one inning.
The USF softball team (30-20, 9-9) overcame a 4-0 deficit and scored 10 runs in the sixth inning to win 10-4 and salvage a doubleheader-split with the Seton Hall Pirates (21-25-1, 8-12) on Sunday.
“We were really down going into that inning,” said coach Ken Eriksen. “We had dropped the first game (11-7) and were not feeling good about ourselves. Going into the inning, I told them nothing. They made the comeback all by themselves and they showed a lot of grit (Sunday).”
The sixth started with a leadoff walk to junior shortstop Tara Toscano. Senior second baseman Britta Giddens then singled to center field to set the stage for the offense.
A trio of juniors — first baseman JoJo Medina, outfielder Kendall Arnold and catcher Cat Olnick — each provided two-run singles to extend the inning.
“It was huge for us,” Medina said. “The comeback shows how much heart and fight we have. We didn’t get any breaks early, but we never gave up. The win is a great momentum-builder for this team.”
Before the inning, Eriksen was concerned about his team falling below .500 in Big East play. He said he is proud of how his team came back.
“If you think about it, we could have been 8-10 (in the Big East) going into this upcoming weekend,” he said. “Based on what we were able to do today, it’s a huge win for our team.”
Giddens said she hopes the team will take the win and build on its momentum.
“We really needed this win,” she said. “Our intensity skyrocketed going into the sixth inning and it showed with our results.”
USF also split a doubleheader with St. John’s (22-19, 10-8) on Saturday. The Bulls took the opener 7-2 and lost 2-0 in the final.