TAMPA - Sara Nevins tied Mo Triner’s record of 641 career strikeouts as the Bulls defeated Rutgers, 11-3, in game one of today’s double header at the USF Softball Stadium.
Nevins pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out seven in route to her 10th win of the year. She now has 641 career strikeouts and needs only one more to pass Triner for the all-time record at USF.
Stephanie Medina also had a big game with two home runs and had five RBIs, helping the Bulls (23-10, 1-0) to their 17th straight victory and first conference win of the year.
The Scarlet Knights struck first on an RBI double by Alexis Durando in the top of the first. However, it didn’t take long for the Bulls to respond.
In the bottom half of the inning USF scored three runs after Kourtney Salvarola and Kenshyra Jackson hit their fifth and eighth home runs this season.
USF continued to pile it on in the second with another four runs. Salvarola doubled to right center to score Ashli Goff and Medina followed that with a two-run home run to left field to make it 6-1.
Lee Ann Spivey’s RBI double accounted for the final run of the inning, it was her team-leading 11th double and 24th run batted in this season.
It was much of the same in the fourth as the Bulls added four more runs to increase their lead to 11-1. Medina hit a three-run shot to right field for her second home run of the game and sixth of the season.
That home run was the fourth of the game for USF and tied the record for homers in a single game for the third time this season. The Bulls also hit four in wins over UMass on March 8 and Maine on March 12.
Rutgers added runs in the fourth and the fifth to cut the lead to 11-3, but were unable to get any closer as the Bulls won in five innings.
USF takes on Rutgers in game two at 3:05 this afternoon looking to extend their streak to 18 straight wins.