WHO: USF (29-11, 7-1) at Pitt (14-17, 3-3)
SERIES SCHEDULE: Saturday’s doubleheader starts at noon; single game Sunday at noon
WHERE: Petersen Sports Complex, Vartabedian Field, Pittsburgh
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The Bulls take a six-game winning streak into a Big East weekend series at Pitt that starts with a doubleheader Saturday at noon at Petersen Sports Complex.
The Bulls (29-11, 7-1) have won 23 of their past 24 games and continued to gain momentum during a doubleheader sweep of St. John’s on Wednesday at USF Softball Stadium.
Lindsey Richardson and Sara Nevins pitched a shutout in game one and teamed up to hold the Red Storm to two runs in the series finale. Richardson’s 1.03 ERA leads the Big East and ranks eighth in the country while Nevins’ 1.16 ERA is second in the Big East and 13th in the nation.
USF’s staff as a whole has a 1.32 ERA and head coach Ken Eriksen knows the Bulls will need more great pitching performances to get past Pitt (14-17, 3-3).
“Pittsburgh has a very offensive team. They have a lot of lefties in the lineup,” Eriksen said. “They move the ball well with probably their best hitting team in the past five, six years. We’re expecting another great Big East battle.”
After the Pitt trip, USF stays on the road to face No. 3 Florida in Gainesville at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10. The Bulls return to USF Softball Stadium on Saturday, April 13 to play a doubleheader against Providence at 1 p.m. The teams wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday, April 14 at 11 a.m.