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No. 10 Bulls Edge No. 13 Michigan, 3-2
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
No. 13/15Michigan
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 1 1
No. 10/12 USF 2 0 0 0 0 1 - - 3 6 0

 

By NOLAN KRAUSE


Special to GoUSFBulls.com


TAMPA - Sara Nevins picked up her first win on the season, throwing a one-hitter and leading No. 10 USF to a 3-2 victory over the No. 13 Michigan on Saturday at USF softball stadium in front of a record setting crowd of 1,625.

Before the start of the game, an opening ceremony took a look back at last season’s team and its first trip to the Women’s College World Series. The team was presented with a bronze plaque and a video presentation that showed its journey to Oklahoma City.

Director of Athletics Doug Woolard, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, Provost Ralph Wilcox and Executive Associate Athletic Director Bill McGillis were all in attendance to present the team with pendants from the 2012 WCWS and also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Once underway, Michigan wasted no time jumping out to an early lead. Sierra Romero hit a two-run home run to left-center field that put the Wolverines up two runs before USF ever came to the plate.

USF didn’t wait long to get those two runs back. In the bottom of the first inning, Kourtney Salvarola led off with an infield single and then stole second base. After fouling one off of her ankle, Stephanie Medina took advantage of having a runner in scoring position and knocked an RBI single bringing Salvarola into score. After a single by Kenshyra Jackson gave the Bulls runners on first and second, catcher Lee Ann Spivey tied the game at two with an RBI single that plated pinch runner Ilaura Reeves.

The game then shifted to a pitcher’s duel, as another run would not cross until the bottom of the sixth. Nevins and Michigan’s Sara Driesenga battled it out as both pitchers fought to keep the game tied at two.

What turned out to be the game-winning run was scored in the bottom of the sixth. Kenshyra Jackson ripped a two-out double off the left field wall and then scored when the following batter, Nicolette Levine, hit a single to right field. The Bulls held on to that 3-2 lead to come away with its second victory on the season. Michigan fell to 2-1.

Nevins finished the game with nine strikeouts, two walks and only gave up the one hit in the first inning. Lindsey Richardson entered the game for Nevins with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and recorded the final out of the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO
W - S. Nevins (1-0) 6.2 1 2 2 2
L -  S. Driesenga (2-1) 6.0 6 3 2 0 3
S - L. Richardson (1)
0.1
0
0
0
0
0
USF AB H R RBI BB SO
L. Spivey
2 2 0 1 0
Michigan AB H R RBI BB SO
S. Romero
2 1 1
2 1 1



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