USF Completes Three-Game Sweep Over Memphis
April 27, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - USF used a seven-run fourth for the second-straight day to run rule the University of Memphis softball team in five innings, 10-0, on Sunday at the USF Softball Stadium.
The Bulls earn the three-game series sweep and hold the Tigers to three hits and a run for the weekend. USF pitching combined for 25 strikeouts in 17 innings while outscoring Memphis 24-1.
Memphis drops to 22-29 on the season and 4-13 in the American Athletic Conference while USF improves to 36-14 and 10-5.
Ellen Roberts recorded the only hit in the game for Memphis with a single to left field in the second inning. It was the third-straight game the Tigers have been one-hit. The U of M left runners in scoring position in the first, second and fourth inning but only had one runner reach third.
USF scored three runs, two unearned, on three hits and three errors in the bottom of the second inning to take an early 3-0 lead. Lee Ann Spivey scored the first run in the game on a couple of errors after leading off the frame with a single up the middle. Kristen Wyckoff and Julie Weber had RBI singles in the inning with Wyckoff stealing both second and third.
The Bulls added seven runs on six hits and an error in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the game away. USF recorded five-straight hits to lead off the inning off Roberts, including a two-run double by Weber and a three-run home run by Kourtney Salvarola. Christian Novak and Jordan Richwood pitched in relief during the inning as USF scored two more unearned runs on an error and a RBI single by Wyckoff.
Sara Nevins (23-7) earned the victory for the Bulls in the circle, shutting out the Tigers on one hit with a walk and six strikeouts.
Roberts (11-17) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on 11 hits with a strikeout.
Weber led USF with a 3-for-3 game offensively and three RBI. Wyckoff also went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI and Salvarola drove in three runs.
Memphis returns home for the final four games of the regular season. The Tigers will host Murray State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Tigers Softball Complex. Memphis will close out the year with a three-game series at home with Louisville on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4.