After a 5-1 week which included a walkoff win over then #22 Florida State, the USF softball team jumped up to #22 in the NFCA/USA Today Coaches Poll and the ESPN/USA Collegiate Softball Poll today. The Bulls moved up one spot in the ESPN/USAC poll and two spots in the coaches' poll.
At 25-5, Ken Eriksen's club looks to be primed for a deep run in a pretty loaded Big East (three ranked teams, and a fourth receiving votes), and looks like a lock for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008.
A big reason for that is sophomore LHP Sara Nevins, who is emerging as one of the best pitchers in the country. After picking up another four wins and a save, Nevins was named Big East Pitcher of the Week. This is Nevins' third Pitcher of the Week award this season, and her second in as many weeks.
At 13-2 and holding a miniscule 0.62 ERA, Nevins is on pace to have one of the best seasons in USF history. While Leigh Ann Ellis' season record of 43 wins might be out of reach, Sara is within striking distance of Monica Triner's ERA record of 0.56 set in 1998. With 148 strikeouts already this season, Nevins also has a chance to break Ellis' record of 320 strikeouts in a season, set in 2003.
USF finishes up their non-conference schedule Wednesday when the Bulls take on Hartford and North Texas before starting Big East play against Rutgers this weekend. All games will be at the USF Softball Stadium.