softball-d1 flag

USF Athletics | February 12, 2019

USF softball hosts team Japan and gains a world of experience

Top Catches of the 2018 WCWS

TAMPA,  A crowd of over 1,000 fans came together at USF Softball Stadium on Monday night to witness the matchup of international powerhouse Team Japan and USF softball in an exhibition game. 

USF paid tribute to Japan and the United States in a pregame ceremony where both national anthems were played. USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly threw the first pitch alongside USA Softball Chief Executive Officer Craig Cress, and the teams exchanged gifts as tokens of gratitude for an incredible opportunity to play each other on a beautiful night in Tampa. 

WEEKEND RECAP: What went down in a wild opening weekend

The first six innings of the matchup were a pitcher's dual with Japan carrying a 1-0 lead. The Japanese National Team went ahead early with one run in the top of the second inning, but sophomore Georgina Corrick and senior Nicole Doyle held the team at one run through five innings with just five hits from the No. 2 team in the world.

Japan's perfect defense was tough for the Bulls who knocked off three hits and two runs in the international exhibition. Junior Brooke Hartman (Port Orange, Fla.) and freshman Meghan Sheehan (Forest Hill, Md.) each singled, but were left stranded.

NO-HITTERS: Didn't take long for pitchers to showcase their talents

In the seventh inning, Tayli Filla (Ft. Myers, Fla.) drew a walk with one out, and freshman Dezarae Maldonado hit a two-run rocket over the left field fence in what she referenced as the highlight of her career.

Team Japan scored nine runs in the top of the seventh inning on its way to a 10-2 victory.

Up Next

USF will head to Tucson, Ariz., for the Hillenbrand Invitational at the University of Arizona, Feb. 15-17. The Bulls will take on Alabama, Arizona, UIC, Cal State Fullerton and New Mexico.

2021 American Athletic softball preview: UCF, USF ready to battle for conference crown

With two Florida teams, UCF and South Florida, expected to lead the American Athletic Conference (AAC), which teams could play spoiler?

2021 American Athletic baseball preview: Tulane, others chasing East Carolina

Few teams were as disappointed to see the 2020 campaign come to an end as the top of the American Athletic Conference early last season. UCF, East Carolina, Tulane and Wichita State to be exact. Now it's time to turn to 2021.

6 college basketball freshmen who could be difference-makers this season

These players could be some of the most impactful freshmen in their school's history during the 2020-21 men's college basketball season.

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners