TAMPA - The Bulls' ability to put together a big inning
paved the way for a 2-0 start at the USF Tournament on Friday night.
Freshman Lee Ann Spivey's go-ahead single plated two Bulls
in a three-run fifth inning and USF held on for a 5-2 victory over Coastal
Carolina. The Bulls started the day with a 1-0 victory over NC State at USF
"We'll take 2-0. We'll take our kids coming through in the clutch,"
head coach Ken Eriksen said.
Kourtney Salvarola went 2-for-2 and scored two runs to help
the Bulls improve to 5-1 before their marquee matchup with No. 4 Tennessee on
Saturday at 1:15 p.m. in the final game of round-robin play.
"The competition gets tougher as we go," Eriksen said.
Senior Lindsey Richardson (2-1) earned the win by striking
out five and allowing a hit in the final 2 1/3 innings. Sophomore Sam Greiner
gave up one unearned run on three hits in the first 3 1/3 innings. Freshman
Erica Nunn struck out four and gave up one earned run on three hits in 1 1/3
innings of work.
Stephanie Medina gave USF its initial lead when she laced a
two-out single down the right field line to score Salvarola and Dani Wayt.
"She's been seeing the ball really well. She took advantage
of a good pitch in a good situation," Eriksen said.
Coastal Carolina tied the game at two in the fifth before
the Bulls started to pull away with three runs in the bottom half of the
inning. Spivey put USF back ahead with a two-run single and Medina made it 5-2
when she crossed home plate on a wild pitch.
Tennessee started its USF Tournament run with a 7-0 victory
over NC State and an 8-0 win over Coastal Carolina.