QUEENS, N.Y.- Behind a stellar pitching effort by Lindsey Richardson, the University of South Florida softball team knocked off St. John’s 10-2 in five innings on Sunday.
The two teams were only able to get in one game over the weekend due to field conditions, but were finally able to get on the field, and the Bulls made the best of it.
USF got 4.0 solid innings from Richardson who earned her sixth win of the year by allowing just one run on one hit to go along with four strikeouts.
USF took advantage of sloppy St. John’s play in the win as the Bulls pushed across 10 runs despite having just four hits in the game. The USF offense benefitted from four Red Storm errors to go along with seven walks.
The Bulls got a pair of hits and a walk from their leadoff hitter Gina Kafalas as well as pair of runs in the winning effort.
Alexis Nowell executed her role perfectly collecting a pair of RBIs on two sacrifice flies in the game.
The scoring started in the top of the first for the Bulls as Gina Kafalas led things off with a bunt single. Kafalas moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ashli Goff and came in to score after a pair of wild pitches to put USF up 1-0. After a Richardson walk and another wild pitch, Stephanie Medina grounded to short, but an errant throw allowed Medina to reach and Richardson to score from second giving the Bulls a 2-0 lead after the top of the first.
Lindsey Richardson pitched a perfect bottom of the first, and despite a walk by Kelly McCarver, the Bulls were not able to push across another run as McCarver left early while attempting to steal second.
Both offenses were quiet until the top of the third when USF was able to take advantage of a handful of St. John’s mistakes. The Bulls pushed across six runs in the inning on four walks, two errors a hit by pitch a sacrifice fly and a double steal. USF batted around in the inning and extended their lead to 8-0 after three.
The Red Storm got just their second runner of the game on a leadoff walk by Chrissy Montez in the fourth, and the very next batter, Kristi Cady, took a 3-1 pitch off the wall in right for the RBI triple cutting the Bulls lead to 8-1.
The USF offense would respond immediately.
The Bulls manufactured a pair of runs to extend the lead to 10-1 in the fifth and Capri Catalano and Sara Nevins combined in the bottom half of the inning to give USF the 10-2 run-rule victory.
The Bulls will be back in action on Wednesday as they travel to Gainesville to take on the No. 2 Florida Gators.