Date: Saturday, March 29 & Sunday, March 30
Matchup: No. 25 USF (29-8, 3-0 The American) vs. Rutgers (13-10, 1-2 The American)
Location: Piscataway, N.J. (Rutgers Softball Complex)
Time: Saturday (11 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. EST) / Sunday (12 p.m. EST)
Game Notes: USF, Rutgers
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TAMPA, MARCH 28, 2014 – The Bulls will hit the road for the first time this season as they travel north to take on Rutgers for a three-game series in Piscataway, N.J.
No. 25 USF opened American Athletic Conference play with a sweep over Connecticut last weekend and will look to continue its hot start against the Scarlet Knights.
**The USF softball team’s doubleheader at Rutgers on Saturday has been moved up to an 11 a.m. start due expected inclement weather in Piscataway, N.J.
The second game of the doubleheader will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game number one pending the weather.
First pitch for Sunday’s series finale remains the same as the Bulls and Knights are set to square off at noon at the Rutgers Softball Complex.
Rutgers opened conference play by dropping two of three games to preseason conference favorite Louisville, winning the middle game of the series by a score of 10-6.
The Scarlet Knights have hit the ball extremely well this season, ranking third in the American with a .299 batting average. They boast seven players batting .300 or better so far this season and are led by junior left fielder Chandler Howard. She leads the team with a .397 batting average and has reached base in 17 straight games, including hits in the last eight.
USF has dominated the all-time series, winning 16 of 19 against the Scarlet Knights. The Bulls took two of three in Tampa last season and own a 3-1 record against Rutgers on the road.
» The Bulls come into their series against Rutgers on a seven-game winning streak and winners of 13 of their last 14 games. USF is 16-3 all-time against Rutgers, including a 3-1 record in Piscataway.
» USF is 25-1 when scoring first this season and 13-2 when scoring in the first inning.
» USF is undefeated this season when scoring five or more runs (21-0).
» The Bulls have had at least two players record an RBI in 21 of their last 23 games and have 11 players batting .300 or better.
» USF’s pitching staff leads the American Athletic Conference in wins (29), shutouts (14), strikeouts (326) and opponent batting average (.155). The Bulls also rank 19th in the country with a staff ERA of 1.73.
» USF ranks first in the American in hits (282), runs (188), RBI (163), home runs (32), on-base percentage (.398) and walks (119). They also rank second in batting average (.310) and slugging percentage (.469).
» Sara Nevins currently leads the nation in strikeouts (173) and ranks in the top 10 in the following categories: Wins: 17 (3rd), Hits Allowed/Game: 3.13 (7th), Shutouts: 6 (T-10th) and Saves: 3 (T-3rd).
» Nevins threw her second no-hitter this season in USF’s win over UConn on March 23 and now has six total for her career. USF’s pitching staff has combined to throw nine no-hitters since the start of the 2012 season.
» Nevins is second on USF’s all-time wins list with 89 career victories. She needs only four more to pass Mo Triner for first all-time. She is also closing in on 1,000 career strikeouts, needing only 23 more to join the exclusive club.
» Kourtney Salvarola needs just one home run to pass Holly Groves (33) for first all-time in USF history. Salvarola leads the conference and is currently tied for seventh in the country with 11 homers already this season.
» Salvarola also moved into fifth all-time on the USF runs list with 142. She leads the American with 30 this season and needs 16 more to become the program’s career leader in that category.
» Kristen Wyckoff leads the American with a .412 batting average and is batting .462 in her last 10 games.
» Ashli Goff needs one more stolen base to crack the top 10 in school history with 55.
» Stephanie Medina is tied for fourth in the country with four triples this season.
LAST TIME OUT
USF swept Connecticut last weekend to open conference play. Sara Nevins threw her second no-hitter of the season in the series finale as the Bulls run-ruled the Huskies, 8-0.
The Bulls will be back home next weekend as they host American Athletic Conference preseason favorite Louisville for a three-game series at the USF Softball Stadium. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m., and first pitch for Sunday’s series finale is set for 11 a.m.
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