CLEARWATER – Lindsey Richardson pitched a complete game shutout as the Bulls (21-10) defeated Rhode Island, 3-0, for their 15th straight win.
Richardson kept USF’s scoreless streak alive as they have now gone six straight games without giving up a run.
She pitched the third complete game shutout in a row for the Bulls, going seven innings while racking up six strikeouts in her seventh win of the season.
Rhode Island pitcher Sam Bedore was able to neutralize the Bulls bats throughout most of the game, however, USF was able to break through with a run in the fifth and added two more insurance runs in the sixth to pull away.
Richardson worked her way out of a huge jam in the fourth with the game still scoreless, striking out Kelly Coker with the bases loaded to end the threat.
Ashley Olson led the inning off with a double and moved to third on a bunt single by Megan Congro. Courtney Prendergast was then intentionally walked with two outs to load the bases before Richardson got the big strikeout.
The Bulls finally broke through in the fifth when Morgan Litchfield blasted a ball over the fence in left center for her first career home run.
An inning later Lee Ann Spivey added to her team lead in runs batted in with a two-run double that gave USF a 3-0 lead heading into the final inning. Spivey now has 22 RBIs this season.
The Bulls finish the USF-City of Clearwater Spring Invitational with a 4-0 record and will be off until Wednesday night when they host Dartmouth at the USF Softball Stadium.