TAMPA (March 15, 2017) – The USF softball team stormed back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Jacksonville, 9-6, and finished the Yale Bulldogs with a walk-off RBI single from Lauren Evens, 4-3.
Kalen McGill picked up two wins for the Bulls, allowing just one run between the two games. Cheyenne Eggens picked up a save against Jacksonville, pitching two no-hit innings. USF has now won four-straight, the longest winning streak of the season.
GAME ONE: USF 9, JU 6
A five-run third inning would help lead the USF softball team to a 9-6 victory over Jacksonville Wednesday night.
Trailing 4-0, two walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the third, and a passed ball plated one to put the Bulls on the board.
A Sam Worrell RBI single to left field would send home another, before a three-RBI triple from Lindsey Devitt cleared the bases to give USF the 5-4 lead after three.
With two outs on the board in the home half of the fifth, Worrell posted her third home run of the season, and Kenya Yancy followed suit with her second career home run to extend the Bulls lead to 7-4.
The Dolphins would threaten in the sixth, loading the bases with no outs. A walk and a hit-by-pitch plated two, but Evans would throw down on a fielder’s choice to preserve the Bulls’ lead.
Evans would send two home with an RBI single to secure the win for USF. A pair of walks and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases with two outs to set Evans up for a single to right center that would send home Bethaney Keen and AnaMarie Bruni.
Jacksonville got on the board first using a one-out double to plate a pair. In the second inning a fielding error and timely hits would bring home two more to give Jacksonville a 4-0 lead.
Kalen McGill picked up the win, throwing three shutout innings with six strikeouts. Cheyenne Eggens got the save pitching two no-hit innings. Worrell went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a walk.
GAME TWO: USF 4, YALE 3
The Bulls defeated the Bulldogs on a two out, walk-off RBI single from Lauren Evans.
USF got a two-out rally going as Lindsey Devitt doubled to right field, and scored the tying run on a Bethaney Keen RBI single. Evans came to the plate and sent an 0-1 count to right field, plating Keen for the game-winning run.
In the fourth, Samantha Worrell would blast a lead-off home run,her second of the night, on the first pitch she saw. Cassidy Boyle would follow with a single, and Kenya Yancy turned on a 3-1 count for an RBI triple to send home Boyle, giving USF the lead after four complete.
Yale took an early lead, plating one with a squeeze bunt late in the third inning to get on the board. The Bulldogs regained the lead after a defensive error, a hit by pitch, and an RBI single sent two home in the sixth.
Kalen McGill picked up her second win of the night, throwing two innings and allowing just one unearned run. Boyle and Worell led the offensive attack, each going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Next Up The Bulls will face Auburn and North Dakota State in a doubleheader Friday at 1:30 p.m. to kickoff the final tournament of the season.
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 14 players from the 2016 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including, first-team all-conference selection Lauren Evans, and second-team selections Astin Donovan and Kristen Wyckoff.