Softball to Host Memphis for Final Home Series
Matchup: USF (26-21, 5-6 American) vs. Memphis (23-20, 4-5 American)
Dates: Friday-Sunday | April 21-23
Times: 6:30 p.m. | 6:30 p.m. | 1:00 p.m.
Location: USF Softball Stadium | Tampa, Fla.
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TAMPA (April 20, 2017) – The USF softball team will host Memphis for the final home conference series of the season, April 21-23. Seniors Kassie Moeller, Kristen Wyckoff and Susan Wysocki will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Sunday as the team celebrates their careers.
The Bulls are coming off a series loss to UCF in the War on I-4 battle. The two teams split the first two games, before UCF earned the walk-off victory in extra innings on Saturday. USF is now 5-6 in conference play, sitting in fourth place in the league.
Overall, USF is 26-21 and led by Wyckoff’s .409 average and 15 stolen bases. Moeller is slugging a team-best .500 with six home runs. In conference play, Wyckoff and Astin Donovan lead the team with a .357 and .344 average, respectively. Donovan is slugging an impressive .719 with two doubles, two triples and two home runs, to lead the conference.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
The Tigers are 23-20 overall and 4-5 in conference play. Memphis is just 4-8 away from their home field and most recently dropped a midweek game to Murray State. As a team, the Tigers are batting .292, led by Lindsay Crowdus’ .493 average. Crowdus is slugging .629 on the season with 11 extra-base hits, including eight triples.
The Tigers’ pitching staff boasts a 2.82 team ERA and is led by Christian Novak and Molly Smith with a 2.23 ERA and 2.24 ERA, respectively. Novak and Smith have thrown the bulk of the Tigers’ 292 innings, each over 100.
In conference play, the Tigers are batting a whopping .355, which leads The American. Crowdus’ .586 average in league play is also the top mark.
USF leads the all-time series, 9-2, over the Tigers. Last season, the Bulls went to Memphis, sweeping the Tigers with three shutout victories and 19 scoreless innings. The Bulls have won two of three series with the Tigers since both teams joined The American.
The Bulls will have one more night at home when they host FGCU in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 27. USF will then have a bye-week before heading to Houston for the final games of the regular season.
Be sure to follow USF softball on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. The USF softball program has been one of the most successful on campus, making 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Women’s College World Series in 2012. USF returns 14 players from the 2016 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including first-team all-conference selection Lauren Evans, and second-team selections Astin Donovan and Kristen Wyckoff.
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