TAMPA- The University of South Florida softball team completed a three-game sweep of the defending BIG EAST Tournament Chanmpion Syracuse Orange over the weekend.
The Bulls held the Orange, who entered the weekend 24-5 (3-0) to just three runs over the three games en route to the series sweep. Syracuse entered the series batting .301 as a team averaging almost six runs per game.
The main factor in the sweep was freshman pitcher Sara Nevins who earned two of the three wins and picked up a save in the third game. Nevins appeared in all three games pitching 14.1 innings and allowed just three runs, two earned with 24 strikeouts and just two walks.
A three-run first inning helped the University of South Florida softball team knock off Syracuse 3-1 behind a stellar pitching effort from Lindsey Richardson.
Richardson pitched 5.0 innings in the win, and allowed just one run on three hits while striking out six and walking none to improve to 7-5 on the season.
The win improved USF to 20-15 on the season and 2-0 in league play while handing the Orange just their sixth loss of the season snapping a six game winning streak. The loss was also the first in conference play for Syracuse who swept Rutgers to open BIG EAST play with a 3-0 mark.
Thanks to a quick start and solid pitching throughout, the University of South Florida softball team beat Syracuse 7-3 to sweep the double-header against the Orange.
Syracuse entered the weekend with just five losses on the season, but left the USF Softball Stadium with a pair of L’s on Saturday.
USF jumped out to an early lead for the second game in a row and was able to hold off the Orange behind 5.1 innings from freshman Sara Nevins who allowed just three runs, two earned, on six hits while striking out eight to earn her team-best eighth win of the year.
Freshman Sara Nevins took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday but a one-out double by Jenna Caira ruined the bid as the Bulls dominated Syracuse 4-0 to complete the three-game sweep of the Orange.
Nevins walked a pair of batters and hit one in the first six frames of the game, but no Syracuse batter was able to get a hit until the seventh inning as Caira drove a pitch to the wall in right to spoil the no-hitter for Nevins.
Syracuse, who entered the series batting .301 as a team entering the game, was completely overmatched by the USF lefty as she went the distance to earn her team-leading ninth win of the year collecting 11 strikeouts and walking just two in the one-hit bid.
The Bulls held the Orange, a team averaging six runs per game entering the week, to just four runs in the three-game series, while outscoring Syracuse 14-4 in the set.
USF got the benefit of some sloppy play early on as they jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on five first-inning errors by the Orange.