TAMPA, Fla. (March 17, 2017)-- The USF softball team split day one of the Clearwater Spring Break Classic, dropping a 4-0 decision to No. 4 Auburn before coming back with a 7-0 shutout over North Dakota State.
Sam Worrell continued her hot hitting streak, recording one of the two USF hits in game one against Auburn and another in game two.
Kalen McGill picked up her sixth win of the season in game two, throwing six scoreless innings while striking out five and walking one. Astin Donovan reached in all four of her plate appearances, notching two hits and two hit-by-pitches.
GAME ONE: AUBURN 4, USF 0.
Despite loading the bases three times in the game, the USF softball team couldn’t overcome No. 4 Auburn, falling 4-0.
The Bulls loaded the bases with a two-out rally in the first inning, but were unable to plate a run. Auburn would take the early lead in the second inning, using a bases-loaded walk to bring home the first run of the game. With two outs in the second, the Tigers added another run on an RBI double by Alyssa Rivera.
A two-run homerun from Carlee Wallace in the fourth would give the Tigers a 4-0 advantage.
The two teams would remain scoreless through the final three innings, though the Bulls did have ample opportunities to plate a run. In the final inning, the Bulls loaded the bases, but we’re unable to complete the rally.
GAME TWO: USF 7, NDSU 0
The Bulls would respond with a shutout of their own, defeating North Dakota State, 7-0, in game two of the day.
USF struck first, plating a run in the first inning. Astin Donovan and Kelsey Lay each reached on infield singles to lead off the inning. After a groundout moved them both to scoring position, Sam Worrell recorded a sacrifice fly to centerfield, plating Donovan for the 1-0 lead.
In the second, the Bulls would plate a pair on a Bethaney Keen single. With the bases loaded on a walk, double and hit-by-pitch, Keen singled to left field, plating Hannah Parker and Morgan Gross to make it a 3-0 game.
The Bulls would plate three in the third inning off the bats of Gross and Kassie Moeller.
Worrell singled up the middle and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. Kenya Yancy entered to pinch run, coming home on an RBI single from Moeller.
Parker followed up Moeller with a single of her own, and the pair came home on Gross’ second hit of the day, making it 6-0 after five.
Donovan would score again in the sixth after reaching on a bunt single. The junior would come around on a stolen base, sacrifice bunt and a passed ball to give the Bulls a 7-0 lead.
Next Up The Bulls will face Missouri and Illinois in Clearwater at the Eddie C. Moore Complex Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Head Coach Ken Eriksen Postgame Thoughts
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