HOUSTON (May 5, 2016)— Stellar pitching plus a three-run fourth inning led the USF softball team to a series opening shutout win over Houston Friday evening. The Bulls improved to 32-21, 9-6 with the 3-0 victory, while Houston fell to 26-24, 10-6.
After three scoreless innings, the Bulls took the lead they would never relinquish in the fourth.
Bethaney Keen led off the inning with a stand-up triple, coming home on a fielder's choice to score the first run of the game. On a 1-0 count, Devitt homered to dead centerfield, plating Sam Worrell and giving USF the 3-0 lead.
Cheyenne Eggens and Hannah Parker would combine for the shutout with Eggens picking up her ninth win of the year. Parker earned her fifth save, getting a strikeout to end the game. The pair would scatter eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
KEY STATS -Seven of the nine starters recorded at least one hit in the game, with Astin Donovan and Devitt each picking up a pair. -The Bulls' 5-9 hitters all recorded at least one hit. -USF narrowly out-hit Houston, 9-8, but managed to produce three runs off the nine hits.
NOTABLE -Kristen Wyckoff has now reached base in her last 11 games. -The Bulls have won six-straight games and 11 of the last 13. -USF is now tied for third in the conference with UCF.
UP NEXT The Bulls and Cougars will meet for game two of the series Saturday, May 6, at 3 p.m.