TAMPA (Feb. 10, 2017) – Two bases-loaded strikeouts from Hannah Parker, and a two-run double from Mia Fung in the sixth inning, led the No. 24/25 Bulls to a 6-4 win over Delaware Friday night.
After the Blue Hens took a 4-3 lead in the sixth, Parker came into a bases-loaded, no-out situation. Parker was clutch, striking out a pair to end the inning and keep more runs from scoring.
In the home half, Parker would lead off the inning with a base hit to start the rally. Kristen Wyckoff followed with a single to put two on for Fung. A deep double down the left field line for Fung would score two, giving USF a lead they wouldn’t lose again.
USF got on the board in the third on an RBI single from Weber. Fung started off with a one-out single, before advancing on a fielder’s choice. Weber singled to deep center field, driving home Fung for the first run of the night.
The Bulls would tack on another run in the fourth on a Wyckoff RBI single. Bethaney Keen led off the inning with a double over the center fielder’s head and advanced to third on a Sam Worrell single. Wyckoff legged out an infield single, scoring Keen safely to give USF the 2-0 lead.
The teams would trade runs for the next inning and a half, as the Blue Hens took a 3-2 lead, before USF tied the game. After Delaware tacked on three runs in the fifth on back-to-back singles, Astin Donovan would steal home to tie the game at 3-3.
Fung would finish the game 2-for-4, while Wyckoff finished 2-for-2. Parker got her first win as a Bull, tossing two scoreless innings.
Head coach Ken Eriksen on Hannah Parker’s performance:
“Hannah Parker bases loaded, nobody out, that’s a big deal. Her striking out Leanna Gearhart, their best hitter on a change-up, bases loaded, 3-2 count, and then getting the next out. The team really played upon that type of situation. Then her coming to the plate and swiniging the bat, they call her “hacking Hannah” for a reason.”
2-Mia Fung hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, her second hit of the night, to give USF the two-run lead.
4-The number of consecutive innings USF scored at least one run.
.857-Kristen Wyckoff’s batting average after going 4-for-5 over the last two days.
-Hannah Parker came in with the bases loaded and no outs, striking out a pair to keep Delaware off the board.
-Susan Wysocki had a stellar start, allowing just three hits and striking out four in four innings of work.
Next Up The Bulls will face Michigan Saturday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. The 2016 conference champion team will be honored in a pregame ceremony on the field.
Be sure to follow USF softball on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. The USF softball program has been one of the most successful on campus, making 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Women’s College World Series in 2012. USF returns 15 players from the 2016 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Juli Weber, first-team all-conference selection Lauren Evans, and second-team selections Astin Donovan and Kristen Wyckoff.