#43 South Florida Softball 2019 Preview

South Florida Bulls
Overall Rank: #43
Conference Rank: #3 American
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South Florida will look to defend their American Athletic Conference title in what should again be a very close and exciting race. The Bulls will be right in the thick of that race thanks to the return of pitchers Georgina Corrick and Cheyenne Eggens. Corrick went 15-9 last season with a 1.68 ERA. Eggens hurled 80.2 innings and went 8-4 with a 1.82 ERA. Eggens has been an important part of the USF rotation for three years and Corrick is coming off a superb freshman campaign and has the potential to emerge as one of the best pitchers in the nation.
2018: 39-23, 14-7
2018 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Ken Ericksen
Key Departed Players:
Astin Donovan, OF, .355 BA, 26 RBI, 9 SB
Cassidy Boyle, IF, .292 BA, 6 HR, 22 RBI
Lauren Evans, IF, .272 BA, 18 RBI
Samantha Worrell, IF, .256 BA, 4 HR, 25 RBI
Key Returning Players:
Lindsey Devitt, IF, .379 BA, 6 HR, 41 RBI
Mia Fung, C/OF, .282 BA, 8 HR, 31 RBI
Brooke Hartman, 1B/3B, .270 BA, 10 HR, 34 RBI
Macy Cook, C, .250 BA, 19 RBI
Cheyenne Eggens, P, 1.82 ERA, 8-4 W/L, 80.2 IP, 60 SO
Georgina Corrick, P, 1.68 ERA, 15-9 W/L, 171.1 IP, 164 SO
South Florida returns three proven hitters in Lindsey Devitt, Mia Fung and Brooke Hartman. Devitt hit an impressive .379 last season and belted six homeruns and drove in a team high 41 RBIs. She was an All-AAC selection last year and is on the shortlist of players likely to bring home player of the year honors when all is said and done. Fung and Hartman may not match the consistency of Devitt at the plate, but both batted at least .270 last season and are big time homerun threats. The return of Bethany Keen will add even more options for Coach Ken Ericksen. Keen missed last year with an injury, but led the Bulls with 14 extra-base hits as a freshman back in 2017.
Projected Postseason: NCAA Softball Tournament