Both teams had their aces in the circle. Sara Nevins, the reigning Louisville Slugger Division I Player of the Week, had not allowed an earned run in 53.2 innings. Her opponent, Monica Perry, had a streak of 41.1 consecutive innings without allowing a single earned run.
Nevins shut the Seminoles (23-5) down through the first three, before Tiffani Brown hit a tapper back to the circle which Nevins mishandled. It was originally ruled as the Noles' first hit of the game, but was later changed to an error on Nevins.
After back-to-back strikeouts, Nevins allowed a walk to Maddie O'Brien and hit Briana Hamilton to load the bases for FSU with Courtney Senas coming to the plate. Senas chopped a single over the head of Stephanie Medina and into right field for a base hit, allowing Brown to score. FSU sent O'Brien around third base heading for home, but Gina Kafalas came up throwing in right and nailed O'Brien at the plate to end the inning with FSU up 1-0.
Perry held the Bulls scoreless through the first five, but Kourtney Salvarola led off the sixth with a double that was just fair up the left field line to put a runner in scoring position with nobody out. FSU head coach Lonni Alalmeda elected to make a change, calling upon freshman Bailey Schinella to take over in the circle.
Janine Richardson executed a sacrifice bunt that moved Salvarola down to third, and Laura Fountain followed with a slow grounder to secondbase that pushed across Salvarola to tie the game at one, and end Perry's streak at 46.1 innings.
After Nevins worked a scoreless top of the seventh, the Bulls had the top of the order due up in the home half. Kafalas and Ashli Goff both laid down bunts but were thrown out for two quick outs.
Stephanie Medina dug in with no one on and two outs and worked a three-and-one count against Schinella. Medina then drove the next pitch out to right, which bounced off the top of the right field fence and over for her fourth homerun of the year, a walk-off shot to lift the Bulls to a 2-1 victory.
Nevins worked all seven for USF and allowed just the unearned run on three hits, preserving and extending her streak to 60.2 innings without allowing an earned run. The Bulls as a staff have not allowed an earned run in their past four games.
USF (24-5) has won four straight and will turn around to host UMASS on Monday at 6 p.m.