Sara Nevins is still a boss, even though you only need a magnifying glass to see her ERA now instead of a microscope.(Photo courtesy of Jason Roberts at Envision Sports Media.)
USF softball has had a wildly successful season -- the team is probably a year ahead of schedule, they've been ranked for over two months, and they finished 45-11. So why does it feel like a bit of a disappointment?
It really isn't fair to call it that, although you could wonder if the team peaked too soon. They "only" won 6 of their last 11 regular-season games, and while she is still a boss, Sara Nevins's ERA nearly doubled to 1.06. Meanwhile, the offense began to struggle. They were shut out four times in that closing stretch, including Thursday's 6-0 loss to our good friends at DePaul in the Big East tournament, and Syracuse no-hit them on Sunday. I can think of some teams that would kill for a 6-5 stretch to be a slump (say, the football team). But after the wins were coming so easily back in March and April, it's cause for concern.
Good news, though. The ladies are an absolute lock to make the NCAA tournament. Let's all take a moment here to pause and get our Gaga on...
Even though their chances of being a #1 seed are likely gone, they're still in, they're still dangerous, and you never know... maybe they end up in a regional where the #1 seed can't host and they get the call. The important thing is that they got in, and the last couple of weeks won't make any difference if they can get back into the incredible groove they were in a month ago. Gonna be OK, da dit doo doo doo, just dance.