No. 4 softball falls to No. 21 USF

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 12:13 a.m.

No. 4 Florida dropped its third game of the season, falling 4-1 against No. 21 USF in a mid-week, non-conference matchup in front of 1,089 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. For the second time this season, the two squads met as Florida outlasted USF, 3-2, in eight innings on Feb. 12 in a season-opening tournament in Tampa.

USF connected for eight hits, capitalized on two Gator defensive miscues and rallied behind ace Sara Nevins, who owned the nation’s best ERA (0.55) entering the contest, to snap Florida’s 16-game home win streak. The Bulls jumped on the Gators early, putting up two runs in the first inningand added two in the third to improve to 30-5 on the season. The Gators fell to 29-3 and are now 4-3 on the season against Top-25 competition.

Florida freshman Lauren Haeger started at pitcher for the 12th time this season, working her sixth complete contest of the year. Haeger struck out four, but walked five and gave up two earned runs on eight USF hits, earning her second loss of the season (9-2).

Like Haeger, Nevins (17-2) went the distance, walking three and recording three strikeouts.

Next up for Florida is a three-game road swing at SEC East rival Georgia. The series begins Friday at 8 p.m.

The opener will be televised on ESPNU while Sunday’s finale will be on FSN.

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