TAMPA, FEB. 16, 2017 – USF right-hander Kalen “JoJo” McGill took a gem into the eighth inning of No. 20 USF’s 3-1 loss to undefeated Wisconsin on Thursday night.
McGill (0-2) struck out eight batters before Wisconsin (5-0) put together a three-run eighth inning in the first game of the Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Foundation Tournament. McGill, a junior transfer from College of Central Florida, scattered six hits while becoming the first USF pitcher to throw a complete game this season.
Wisconsin’s Kaitlyn Menz (4-0) struck out five and scattered six hits in her third complete game of the season. Menz has given up just one run in 27 innings this season.
Junior Lauren Evans (Land O’Lakes, Fla.) raised her batting average to .308 with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate. Evans hit a two-out single in the eighth to keep the Bulls’ rally alive after AnaMarie Bruni scored from second on an error to open the inning.
Head coach Ken Eriksen on Kalen McGill’s solid performance:
“I was really, really impressed with her tonight. She had some reflective thoughts after coming off the weekend, maturing-type stuff, and I thought she did a phenomenal job. I’m really excited to see how she does the rest of the weekend. That’s the young woman that we recruited, to come out here and give us that type of effort in the circle.”
Head coach Ken Eriksen on Wisconsin pitcher Kaitlyn Menz:
“We ran into a pitcher that seems to keep us off-balance in crucial situations. We had a lot of people on base and had a lot of people left on base. She did a nice job of attacking the zone.”
Junior Lauren Evans on her approach during a 2-for-3 performance at the plate:
“She was throwing a lot of off-speed and moving the ball around. I was really just trying to get my barrel to the ball and move the train, so we can get as many as people as we can up there to hopefully do something and score some runs.”
8 – The number of runners left on base by the Bulls. USF stranded runners in scoring position in four of the first five innings.
0-for-6 – USF went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, while Wisconsin went 2-for-7.
USF (3-2) continues the Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Foundation Tournament this weekend in Clearwater at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
On Friday, the Bulls will take on Binghamton at 4 p.m. and No. 14 James Madison at 6:15 p.m. USF wraps up its tournament run Saturday with games against Hofstra at 4 p.m. and Oklahoma State at 6:15 p.m.
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.