TAMPA, JULY 14, 2014 – USF head coach Ken Eriksen and former star pitcher Sara Nevins helped Team USA take home the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX title on Sunday as they defeated Canada, 5-2, in Irvine, Calif.
Team USA was the only squad not to lose a game in the tournament with a perfect 7-0 record.
“For us right now I think we’re becoming a little bit more comfortable in our own skin and it makes it a lot easier to play against these great teams,” Eriksen said.
Nevins got the start in the championship game and pitched 6.1 innings of scoreless ball while allowing only two hits and racking up eight strikeouts.
“Sara right now is getting into a different phase of her pitching life… I think she’s just at the tip of the iceberg right now and then the rest of it is up to her.”
The former three-time NFCA All-American totaled four appearances for the tournament and led the team with a 0.53 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched.
The lefty was particularly effective against the Canadians, allowing only four hits and no runs in 10.1 innings pitched while recording 14 strikeouts and posting a 2-0 record in two starts against them.
“For me I get spoiled because I see her every day… I think that her being on national television against some of the best competition in the world maybe woke up the rest of the country to how good she really is.”
Serving as head coach for the Americans for the fourth straight year, Eriksen helped the Red, White and Blue reclaim the World Cup of Softball championship after Japan took home the title last year.
Next up for the U.S. is the Canadian Open Fast Pitch Invitational in Surrey, B.C. from July 15-21.
Stay up to date on Team USA throughout the summer by visiting USASoftball.com.
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. The Bulls made their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament this season and had six All-American Athletic Conference performers. Senior Sara Nevins became the first three-time All-American in program history after leading the Bulls to their third consecutive 40-plus win season.
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