Despite giving up only two hits, the USF Bulls lost an elimination game 1-0 to LSU at the 2012 Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. on June 2. The game was televised on ESPN2/ESPN3.
The lone run of the game was scored in the sixth inning by A.J. Andrews, who was pushed across the plate by an Allison Falcon sacrifice popup. Andrews was hit by a pitch leading off the inning and advanced on a batter’s interference and a fielding error. USF's Sara Nevins was the losing pitcher.
USF's Gina Kafalas led off the game with a single into right field and Jessica Mouse, who played for the Tigers before transferring, reached on an error, but they were left stranded.
Nevins sat down the first three batters to start the game, striking out the first two she faced before forcing a popout to end the inning. She continued her strong start, not allowing a hit until a two-out double to right center by Juliana Santos in the fourth inning. But LSU could not capitalize as Nevins forced a groundout to the shortstop to end the inning.
USF's Ashli Goff threatened to score the first run of the game in the third inning, reaching on a walk and advancing on an overthrow, but she was thrown out at the plate to keep the game scoreless.
The Bulls were able to generate some offense in the fifth inning as Alexis Nowell smacked a one-out single to left center field and Goff drew a walk to put two on with one out. Kalafas advanced the runners, but Mouse struck out swinging to end the inning.
“First I want to congratulate South Florida on an unbelievable season,” said LSU head coach Beth Torina. “That's a program that we pull for when we're not playing against them, and they deserve every bit of success that they had. They do things the right way. So a big congratulations go to South Florida.”
Nevins gave up two hits in 5.2 innings of work, striking out six and walking one. The sophomore finished the season with a 31-8 record, pitching over 250 innings.
“First thing I'd like to do is thank the BIG EAST,” said USF head coach Ken Eriksen. “It provided tremendous competition this year. We had five teams in the top 30. I think it prepared us very, very well for the national tournament. And that conference, maybe it's only fifth in RPI, but the top five, six teams right now in that conference are working to get better, and I think it's a conference to be reckoned with.”
Brittany Mack got the win on the mound for LSU, pitching a complete game, giving up two hits, while striking out eight and walking four.
The Bulls had won the Tampa Super Regional to advance to the Women’s College World Series. It is the first WCWS appearance in program history.
“Anytime you are the first, it is a phenomenal achievement,” said Eriksen. “It is incredible.”
A three-run sixth inning helped Oklahoma defeat USF 5-1 in the first game of the double-elimination tournament on May 31.Women’s College World Series attendance records were set in each of the first three sessions.