USF continued to make its mark on a national stage this past week, as head softball coach Ken Eriksen and fellow Bulls Sara Nevins and Kourtney Salvarola helped lead Team USA to a 5-0 start in the Canadian Open.
The Eriksen-led USA Softball team barreled its way through pool play, knocking off Japan, Australia and Canada en route to the top seed in the tournament, getting help from USF stars in Nevins and Salvarola.
Earning starting pitching duties against Canada and making relief appearances against Australia, California and Japan, Nevins looked strong, shutting down both opponents to grab a pair of wins.
Nevins tossed five shutout innings against Team Canada, scattering seven hits and striking out three in the win. Coming on in relief against Australia, Nevins tossed two innings and picked up the win, allowing just one hit. In eleven innings in the Canadian Open, Nevins has allowed just one earned run.
Salvarola, USF’s starting shortstop for the past three seasons, broke into the lineup as well, scoring a big run in extra innings against Australia to help send Team USA to an 8-inning win. Against Venezuela, Salvarola went 2-3 with a pair of RBI while playing second base and shortstop. Salvarola is batting .500 with three hits and with three walks in the Canadian Open. In eight at bats prior to this tournament, Salvarola has knocked out five hits and scored four times, hitting .625.
Team USA is back in action tonight at 11:30 Eastern Time, looking to hold its top seed.