Softball team sweeps South Florida, win streak now at nine

28 March 2017
Matt Rechtien, Sports Editor

The Golden Hurricane are heating up in the second half of their season, currently sitting at nine wins in a row and looking to continue the streak against Memphis.

Starting with an 8–0 win over Arkansas during Spring Break the Golden Hurricane softball team has won nine games in a row, including a sweep of the Rock Chalk Challenge and their first series win over South Florida since joining the American Athletic Conference.

Junior pitcher Emily Watson was the winning pitcher for six of the eight games and was named the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the the third time this season. Three of those wins were shutouts, including shutting down No. 25 Arkansas and No. 12 LSU — her second and third shutout of ranked teams this season.

There wins in the Rock Chalk Challenge included Southeast Missouri State, UMKC, LSU, Kansas and Omaha, and the Kansas game is the only one in which the Golden Hurricane trailed at any point in the entire tournament.

The Golden Hurricane opened conference play against the defending regular season champions South Florida. The Golden Hurricane had never won a series against the Bulls until this past weekend when they not only won the series, but swept it. Watson won the first two games for the Golden Hurricane and junior Lexi Blevins finished them off in the series finale to put their winning streak at nine.

The Golden Hurricane (23–10, 3–0 AAC) will look to continue their win-streak this week when they host Missouri State and Memphis.