Last year, USF Softball coach Ken Ericksen said it would take 35 wins to get the lady Bulls into the NCAA tournament. They ended up getting up to 34 regular season wins, and then lost to Louisville in the first round of the Big East tournament. Last night, the #21 ranked Bulls traveled to Florida and grabbed a quality victory over the 4th ranked team nationally. Now, they sit at 30 wins before the end of March, and they still have a month and a half of Softball to go. They're looking at an impending top-20 ranking heading into the serious part of the Big East schedule.
USF is riding its ten-game winning streak to Pitt this weekend in hopes of remaining undefeated in Big East play against an average Panthers team. But behind the now veteran arm of Sara Nevins, who leads the country in ERA at 0.57, and new ace Sam Greiner, USF's defense has made a habit of keeping teams down. USF has gone 20 straight game allowing two or less runs. If they can get the bats going consistently, which they have been doing well lately, this team has very little standing between them and a Big East championship.
The ladies return home next Friday for a series against St. John's, followed by a Wednesday doubleheader against Providence. If you're a real USF athletics fan, I strongly suggest that you do yourself a favor and go catch a softball game. This may just be a special year for them.