TAMPA, APRIL 1, 2016 – No. 23/24 USF now owns the nation’s longest active winning streak after handing Houston a 4-0 loss Friday night.
Ken Eriksen’s Bulls (30-9, 4-0) extended the program’s longest winning streak to 22 games, one ahead of No. 8 Florida State. USF has outscored opponents, 143-32, during its longest streak since the 2012 Women’s College Series team won 19 in a row.
“I don’t think anyone is thinking about the numbers of what’s going on. They’re just trying to play better,” Eriksen said. “The best part about this team is they have no long-term memory and they have no short-term memory. They’re trying to get what’s going on in the next moment.”
Erica Nunn (16-5) pitched USF’s 10th shutout during the streak, allowing just two hits in a complete game performance. The senior left-hander struck out five batters and lowered her earned run average to 1.89.
“It’s just trusting what I throw, knowing I can get them out and not trying to make it move so much,” Nunn said. “Just throw it there and make them prove they can hit it. When they can, adjust from there.”
The biggest hit of the game belonged to Mia Fung, who drove in two with her league-leading ninth homer of the season in the fourth. Lauren Evans also drove in a pair of runs and Lee Ann Spivey went 2-for-3 to help keep the Bulls rolling past opponents.
“Anybody can change the game with one swing,” Nunn said. “I know when we go up to bat it’s nothing but positivity.”
With FSU not scheduled to play until Saturday, USF moved closer to calling the nation’s longest winning streak its own with a go-ahead run in the second inning. Spivey led off with an infield single and scored three batters later on a sacrifice fly by Evans.
USF kept its lead intact thanks to a gutsy effort by Nunn in the fourth inning. Perfect through three, Nunn stranded two runners in scoring position with her third strikeout of the game.
Fung gave Nunn more support in the bottom half of the fourth with a two-run homer that left the yard in the hurry. Fung, a sophomore from Tampa, now leads The American with nine homers after hammering a 3-1 pitch over the tall wall in left field.
“She’s got dynamite in her hands and she’s got special stuff in her bat,” Eriksen said. “She was so smooth today. Then the walk and the stolen base creates another run opportunity.”
Evans padded USF’s lead in the sixth inning with an RBI single up the middle that scored Fung. USF has outscored conference opponents, 26-4, in league play so far this season.
USF continues its weekend series with Houston 5 p.m. Saturday back at USF Softball Stadium. Purchase tickets at USFBullsTix.com.
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