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NOTEBOOK: Corrick, Johns earn AAC softball weekly awards

With 315 strikeouts in 2022, USF softball pitcher Georgina Corrick is just 22 away from setting a program single-season record, adding to the eight program records she already holds. USF ATHLETICS PHOTO

For the seventh time in 10 weeks, USF softball senior pitcher Georgina Corrick was named AAC Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Although she only made one appearance over the last seven days, the performance was one of her best.

Corrick nearly threw her second perfect game of the season in a 4-0 win over Jacksonville in the final game of a midweek doubleheader on April 13. She completed six innings of flawless pitching and only allowed her first baserunners of the day in the seventh as the Dolphins tagged her twice for base hits. 

She stayed in the circle to earn her 15th shutout of the season, tying a program single-season record, while striking out 12 on 91 pitches. Corrick is now 27-4 this season with a conference-best 0.48 ERA.

Junior outfielder Alexis Johns also won a conference award this week being named to the AAC Honor Roll for the second time in 2022. She finished the Bulls’ (35-11, 5-4 AAC) doubleheader with two doubles and a triple at the plate.

Johns also stole three bases, adding to her single-season program record. With 45 and counting this season, she passed UCF’s Kahley Novak for the AAC single-season record of 43.

The Bulls’ next encounter is a trip to Gainesville to face Florida on Wednesday, followed by a three-game series at Tulsa over the weekend.

Women’s tennis set to begin AAC Tournament

USF women’s tennis has been seeded ninth and will play Temple in the first round of the AAC Tournament on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Bulls (5-15) have lost four straight matches to end the regular season, last winning on March 25 at home against Houston. All four opponents during the losing streak were ranked, and the team has been shut out in three straight as well. 

Temple (11-5) will go into Wednesday’s match with the confidence of five wins in its last six matches, but coach Cristina Moros remains confident in her team’s ability to compete.

“Our team knows we are capable of playing higher than our seed and that will be put to the test,” she said. “In the postseason, anything can happen and our team needs to maintain that belief that we belong.”

If the Bulls can turn their fortunes around on Wednesday to defeat Temple, No. 1 seed UCF awaits them in the second round the following day.

No. 40 men’s tennis ends regular season on a roll

Men’s tennis won its fifth consecutive match by defeating No. 46 UCF 4-3 on April 16 in Orlando, with all five wins over ranked opponents.

“I’m not surprised but I am impressed by what our guys have done the last couple of weeks,” coach Ashley Fisher said. “To go on the road and beat four conference opponents is special.”

While the team extended its winning streak, a separate winning run came to an end for sophomore Alvin Tudorica. His 14-singles-match winning streak was snapped at the hands of UCF’s Trey Hilderbrand. It wasn’t all doom for Tudorica though, as he and junior partner Sergio Gomez Montesa notched a doubles win to help the Bulls (13-9) earn the doubles point.

Both teams traded singles wins until match point came down to the final singles battle between sophomore Bruno Oliveira and UCF’s Quinn Snyder. Oliveira secured the win with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 victory.

USF has now won 11 of its last 15 matches dating back to late February, and will be the No. 4 seed in the AAC Tournament that’s set to begin April 21. The Bulls’ opponent has not been confirmed at time of publication.