JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (April 12, 2017)— The USF Softball team won its fourth-straight game, topping the Jacksonville Dolphins, 5-2, Wednesday afternoon. The Bulls improved to 25-19 on the season, while Jacksonville fell to 22-17.
The Bulls struck first in the top of the second, plating a pair of runs for the early 2-0 lead.
With one out, Bethaney Keen and Lindsey Devitt notched back-to-back singles, putting two on for Hannah Parker. Parker lined a single into center field, plating Keen for the first run of the game. Devitt would come home a batter later on a sacrifice fly by Lauren Evans.
The Bulls plated a pair of runs over the next two innings, using a Sam Worrell RBI double in the third and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Astin Donovan in the fourth.
The Dolphins ended the shutout bid, pushing across two runs in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI groundout and RBI single.
Kassie Moeller would push across a run for USF in the sixth, using a two-out RBI single to plate AnaMarie Bruni.
Cheyenne Eggens would get the win, tossing four scoreless innings and allowing just a pair of singles. Parker earned the save, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings and retiring all seven batters she faced.
3-Astin Donovan went 1-for-2 at the plate, but reached in three of her four plate appearances after being hit twice.
5-Five different players scored or drove in a run, with Donovan and Parker being the only two to score and plate a run.
0-The pitching staff did not give up any free bases, allowing no walks in the game.
-Donovan extended her on-base streak to a team-leading six games.
-Eggens picked up her first win since March 4 vs. Ball State.
-The Bulls are now 17-1 all-time against Jacksonville.
The Bulls continue their four-game road swing, venturing to Orlando for a three-game conference road series with UCF, April 13-15. The Bulls and Knights will compete for six points in the War on I-4 battle.
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.