While buzzer-beaters are taking up March Madness, epic walk-offs are all the rage in college softball. That was the case in USF’s 4-3 win over No. 9 Texas on Friday night, as freshman infielder Kathy Garcia-Soto sent the Bulls home winners with a walk-off home run in the home half of the seventh inning.

Garcia-Soto, who hails from Tampa’s Jefferson High School, hit her first career collegiate home run and she couldn’t have picked a better time to do so. She launched an 0-1 pitch from Texas junior left-hander Estelle Czech into the left field bleachers, giving USF its second walk-off win of the day. After racing around the bases, Garcia-Soto was mobbed by her teammates at home plate.

Earlier Friday afternoon, Garica-Soto had a walk-off RBI single to defeat Lehigh University 8-7, in eight innings — which was the first game of the South Florida Showdown. Talk about having yourself a day at the ballpark. The unlikely hero is hitting just.178 in her first season of collegiate softball, but she came up clutch twice when it mattered on Friday.

The college softball world reacted to Garcia-Soto’s epic walk-off blast.

“Congrats @USFSoftball and Coach Ken Eriksen #HornsUp,” wrote former USF and Seattle Seahawks quarterback, B.J. Daniels.

“Well this capped a pretty darn fine day for #USF athletics,” said Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times.

“Down goes #9 Texas!! Just goes to show that when you play with the horns, you get the horns! #HornsUp #RunWithUs,” said USF women’s lacrosse head coach, Mindy McCord.

The official USF Athletics account was pumped.

The walk-off home run also drew the attention of Team USA softball star, Kelsey Stewart-Hunter, a future Olympian and a back-to-back National Champion with the Florida Gators.

The official NCAA softball account also got in on the action on Twitter.

[USF Softball]

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Sam is a 2021 graduate of Temple University who has previously worked for other publications such as The Clemson Insider, Jets Wire and He's a Charlotte native, who currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina, and is unfortunately a big Mets and Jets fan.