The Seton Hall University women’s softball team lost to the University of South Florida Bulls on Tuesday afternoon in South Orange by a score of 6-3.
The Pirates were scheduled for a doubleheader against the Bulls but the second game was canceled because of flight issues with USF.
Despite the loss, head coach Paige Smith said she is proud of the team’s performance.
“Everybody knew their role and executed it so well,” Smith said. “We had nine hits they had 11. We just didn’t get them in a row like them.”
USF entered the game as one of the top three teams in the Big East with a conference record of 15-2.
The Bulls hit two home runs on the day, one came from second basemen Monica Santos and the other from third basemen Kenshyra Jackson which led to three consecutive runs scored in the third inning.
Recent Big East honor roll recipient, second basemen Maria DeLuca, recorded a home run hit for the Pirates in the seventh inning which marks her fifth of the season.
Sophomore pitcher Danielle DeStaso said she is proud of the team for scoring three runs on USF pitcher Sara Nevins.
“She (Nevins) is a top pitcher in the league,” DeStaso said. “Just being able to score three runs off of her I think shows that we are where we should be.”
The Pirates went scoreless until the fifth inning where runs were scored off of RBI hits by DeStaso and freshman Alex Rabbetts.
“I think that we are hitting really well,” DeStaso said. “From last year to this year, I feel like that’s something that has really been a part of our success.”
The Pirates will return to action this Saturday in a double-header against the Connecticut Huskies at Mike Sheppard Field in South Orange. First game is set for noon.