Down to its last out, the USF softball team broke a 1-0 tie in the seventh inning en route to a 5-4 win over Syracuse at the Big East Tournament in Louisville Thursday.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the seventh, the fifth-seeded Bulls (34-21) forced extra innings with a two out, two-strike RBI single by junior catcher Cat Olnick. In the top of ninth, the Bulls took the lead with an RBI single from junior first basemen JoJo Medina. Then, junior third basemen Alison Savarese hit a three-run triple to give USF a 5-1 advantage.

The Orange (30-21) didn’t go down quietly, scoring three runs in the 9th off freshmen Brittany Bowles to cut the lead to 5-4. With the tying run on third base, USF coach Ken Eriksen brought in senior Cristi Ecks — who had started the game — to record the final out.

The Bulls will face the winner of DePaul and Seton Hall in tomorrow’s semifinal at 2:30PM.

-Will McLaughlin

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