USF

Bulls Shutout Houston Behind Stellar Pitching

May 05, 2017
By  USF

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.

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