By SEAN BAROWS
TAMPA – The USF softball team took game two of their double header, 4-1, on their way to completing a sweep of Central Michigan on Wednesday night at the USF Softball Stadium.
Stephanie Medina continued her hot hitting with three more hits and Kenshyra Jackson hit her third home run of the year to lead the Bulls to victory.
Central Michigan jumped out to an early lead with a solo home run to dead center field by Brittney Horan in the first inning.
After the home run the Chippewas loaded the bases when Summer Knoop and Cory Delamielleure both singled with two outs.
However, freshman Erica Nunn was able to get Trista Cox to ground into a fielder’s choice to get out of the jam and avoid any further damage.
The Bulls (11-10) wasted no time in erasing the deficit as Jackson blasted a three-run homer that landed on top of the batting cages in left center field to give USF a 3-1 lead. It was Jackson’s second home run of the night after hitting a solo home run in the first game.
Sam Greiner came in to replace Nunn in the third inning after Nunn fouled a ball off of her knee while batting in the second.
Greiner pitched well only giving up three hits and no runs in 1.2 innings of work.
Central Michigan threatened to score in the fourth after a fielder’s choice by Cox and a single by Lauren Smith put runners on first and second with only one out.
Greiner recorded the second out and was then replaced by Sara Nevins who got Macy Merchant to ground out to second to end the inning.
Lee Ann Spivey added another insurance run for USF in the fourth when she hit her first career home run over the left field fence to put the Bulls up 4-1.
The Chippewas had another chance to cut into the USF lead in the sixth with runners on second and third with only one out.
That didn’t faze Nevins, however, as she came up with two huge strikeouts to get out of the inning and preserve the lead.
Nevins pitched a flawless seventh to pick up her fourth win of the year as the Bulls came away with their fifth straight victory.
USF will be back in action on Friday with another double header at home to kick off the Under Armour Showcase Tournament. The Bulls face South Carolina at 2 p.m. and Massachusetts directly after at 4:15 p.m.