DATE: April 6, 2019
Despite nearly a two-hour rain delay, USF took down the pirates 4-3 on Saturday night for the series win
TAMPA, April 6, 2019 – USF recorded its second series win of the season on Saturday night when it defeated ECU, 4-3, after nearly two-hours in a weather delay.
After a lengthy weather delay, USF (28-14, 6-2) was ready to hit the ground running, and took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Seniors Macy Cook (Uniontown, Ohio) and Lindsey Devitt (Jacksonville, Fla.) each drew a walk, and redshirt sophomore Bethaney Keen (Bradenton, Fla.) smashed a double through the left side to score two runs.
ECU (19-19, 1-7) answered in the top of the second with a walk and a pair of doubles that scored one runner.
Cook and Devitt were at it again in the third inning, each walking for the second time today. The pair advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Keen, and juniors Brooke Hartman (Port Orange, Fla.) and Kelsey Lay (West Palm Beach, Fla.) each batted in a runner. Hartman hit a blooper to right field and Lay put the ball in play and got to first on a fielder’s choice, giving Devitt time to cross home.
The Pirates tried to rally in the seventh with three singles and an error to score two runs, but senior Nicole Doyle came back to the circle after a brief exit to shut down the comeback effort and seal her eighth victory of the season. Doyle held the Pirates to three hits, walked just one batter and struck out four.
Walks – USF turned four walks into four runs, Cook and Devitt each walked twice
- Bethaney Keen’s double was her seventh double this season
- Keen now has seven multiple-RBI games
- Freshman Megan Hargraves pinch ran for Cook, and scored her third run of the season
- Doyle has limited opponents to a .181 average this season
- Freshman Megan Sheehan is up to an eight-game reached base streak
- Junior AnaMarie Bruni went 2-for-4 in her sixth straight game with a hit and her 14th multi-hit game
USF will take on ECU in the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the USF Softball Stadium. USF will offer children the opportunity to run the bases postgame, sign-up will be at the marketing table at the entrance of the stadium. Select USF players will be available for postgame autographs.
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