TAMPA – The Bulls' bats continued to make a lot of noise in
their 12th consecutive victory Friday afternoon at USF Softball
Stephanie Medina capped off the scoring with a solo homer
while Lindsey Richardson struck out a career-high 13 batters in the Bulls' 5-0
victory over Liberty at the USF-City of Clearwater Spring Invitational.
USF (18-10) has outscored its opponents, 65-15, during the
winning streak that could reach 13 if the Bulls can get past Iowa State in
Friday's doubleheader finale at 4:30 p.m.
Richardson (6-3) allowed two hits in her third complete game
shutout of the season. The senior's previous single-game high was 11 strikeouts
against Canisius on Feb. 14, 2010.
The Bulls grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom
of the first with a two-out rally. Kourtney Salvarola started the scoring with
a line drive RBI single to left and Lee Ann Spivey followed with a RBI single
The Bulls were back at it with two outs in the second when Stephanie
Juergens hit a bunt single, stole second and made it all the way home on two
USF grabbed a 4-0 lead in the fourth with a sacrifice fly to
the warning track by Sam Greiner and Medina got all of the first pitch she saw
in the fifth. The junior's fifth homer of the season landed on the berm beyond
the wall in right-center to give Richardson more than enough support.
Salvarola, Spivey and Juergens each went 2-for-3 to help the Bulls improve to 15-5 at home.