SOUTH ORANGE, N.J- Behind a pair of three-run home runs by Stephanie Medina, the University of South Florida softball team run-ruled Seton Hall 17-0 to take the rubber match of the three-game set.
The 17 runs was the most in any game this season for the Bulls.
Medina finished the day 3-for-3 at the plate with the two home runs, a double, a walk and seven RBI. The freshman, who had not homered in a BIG EAST game, picked up a pair to give her a team-best eight on the season.
Lost in all of the offensive production was the outing by freshman Sara Nevins. Nevins did not allow a run for her fourth consecutive start and allowed just one hit coming from the first hitter of the game on a ball that caromed off Kourtney Salvarola’s glove at third. The freshman struck out seven and walked none to earn her 12th win of the year.
Freshman Ashli Goff collected a pair of hits again on Saturday, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI, while Janine Richardson went 2-for-3 with four runs scored and one RBI.
Despite the cold weather, the Bulls’ bats came out on fire. Ashli Goff got the hit parade started with one out in the first and a walk by Richardson set up Medina. Medina ripped a pitch to right field to give the Bulls the early 3-0 lead.
USf added one more in the second on an RBI single up the middle by Ashli Goff which scored Kelly McCarver and gave the Bulls the 4-0 advantage through two.
It was the top of the third that blew the game wide open.
Richardardson led off the third with a single and scored on an RBI double by Medina, and Medina came around to score on an error by the second baseman making it 6-0 Bulls. A double by Erin Bly put two in scoring position for Alexis Nowell, who continued her hot streak at the plate by singling up the middle scoring both runners.
After a few mental errors by the Pirates, Medina came up and hit one just inside the right-field pole for her second three-run home run of the game giving the Bulls the commanding 14-0 lead.
Nevins continued to shut down the Pirates in the fourth and fifth innings and USF added three more in the fifth as the Bulls took the game 17-0 and the series to improve to 28-16 on the year and 9-1 in league play.
The Bulls return home to host a three-game set with Connecticut over the weekend.