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USF ends Gators softball season

Gators finish the year 48-13

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – USF used a Kenshyra Jackson infield single to plate the lone run of Sunday's regional final , as the Bulls advanced to the 16-team NCAA Super Regionals round with the 1-0 victory over Florida.

The Gators loaded the bags in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn't capitalize on the opportunity, wrapping up the 2012 season at 48-13 overall.

USF pitcher Sara Nevins tossed a complete-game, five-hit shutout, fanning 12 Florida batters to lead the Bulls to their second-ever Super Regionals appearance, as USF will host Hofstra, winner of the Los Angeles regional, this upcoming weekend.

Gator senior All-American and 2012 SEC Player of the Year Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) concluded her tenure donning the Orange and Blue as Florida's career leader in batting average (.385) and stolen bases/attempts (83-99). Moultrie, a top-10 finalist for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and USA Softball's Player of the Year, dropped a staggering 73 bunt singles in her four-year career as a Gator, highlighted by 27 her senior season in 2012. Moultrie will continue her career internationally as a member of USA Softball's 2012 Women's National Team, with the option to play professionally after being drafted by the USSSA Florida Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch league.

The Orange and Blue finished the 2012 SEC season 21-7 for the program's fifth-straight 20-win league campaign in school history, as seven Gators were All-SEC picks. UF reached the SEC Tournament Championship Game for the fifth time in school history, as Florida head coach Tim Walton became the fastest active coach in the SEC to reach 500 career victories.