SOUTH ORANGE, N.J.- After seeing their 10-game win streak come to an end in game one of the day the University of South Florida softball team bounced back to knock off Seton Hall 9-0 in game two.
The Bulls offense came alive and Freshman Sara Nevins was lights out for the third straight start to earn her team-leading 11th win of the year.
Nevins went the distance allowing no runs on three hits while striking out eight in the winning effort. The performance was the freshman’s third straight complete game shutout.
Offensively, Junior Janine Richardson did the most damage, going 2-for-4 from the plate with four RBI including a three-run home run in the fourth, her third on the year.
Alexis Nowell also collected a pair three hits and walked once with a run scored and three RBI, her first three-hit performance of the year, while Kelly McCarver went 2-for-2 from the dish with a run scored in the winning effort.
Freshman Stephanie Medina also busted out of her slump by going 2-for-4 in the game with an RBI.
After being held scoreless through the first five innings of game one, the Bulls did not wait long to get on the scoreboard in game two. Kafalas and Ashli Goff each got it started with infield singles, and a sac bunt by Salvarola moved them both into scoring position. A Janine Richardson groundout gave the Bulls the early 1-0 lead and an RBI single up the middle by Stephanie Medina put the Bulls up 2-0 after their half of the first.
That proved to be the deciding factor as the Bulls improved to 18-4 when scoring in the first inning.
The Bulls would add on in the top of the fourth as McCarver and Nowell started the inning with a pair of singles. Kafalas laid down the sac bunt to move the runners to second and third, and a passed ball allowed McCarver to scamper home. After a walk to Salvarola, Janine Richardson lifted a towering fly ball to left which carried over the wall for the three-run home run to put the Bulls up 6-0 through four.
The Bulls added three more on a bases clearing double by Nowell in the seventh to extend their lead to 9-0.
Nevins was lights out down the stretch holding the Pirates scoreless to give the Bulls the 9-0 win.
USF and Seton Hall will play the rubber-match of their three-game set on Saturday at noon.