When you look at the list of teams on the Pac-12 Softball Standings things don’t match up. There are only nine teams on the list. Missing are USC, Washington State and Colorado University.
In this article we’ll focus on the University of Southern California, which is located in Southern California, where fastpitch softball is HUGE. Their cross-town rival UCLA has numerous titles. Athletes in their backyard are being plucked and sent all across the country to fill roster spots in the SEC, Big 12, Big 10, ACC, etc.
We asked USC’s Director of Sports Information Tim Tessalon why USC has no Softball Team and if the PAC-12 powerhouse had ever considered starting a softball program.
“USC did an extensive study about 15 years ago on the feasibility of adding softball, but determined that there was not available adequate space on or near campus for a stadium and accompanying facilities that would allow USC to compete at the highest level in the sport,” stated Tessalon.
Lacrosse was added to the long list of USC sports teams with it’s inaugural season in 2013. It was a sport that needed no extra real estate. “When lacrosse was added, it was able to compete and practice on the existing soccer and track facilities,” Tessalon stated said.
In fact, there are several sports in USC Athletics that only have women’s sports: Soccer, Rowing, Beach Volleyball and Cross-Country. There is also no Men’s Soccer team.
Tessalon revealed there are no plans to add softball.
But there was a softball team that claimed the USC banner. On Twitter, an account with the handle @USCSoftball claims to be “USC’s one and only softball team!”.
It seems like it may have been an intramural team as the twitter account owner’s last season may have been in 2013.
Efforts to reach members of the team have not been successful.