Bulls Fall to No.21 Minnesota 3-0, Defeat Butler 4-1 in Pediatric Cancer Invitational

USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com

TAMPA, March 14, 2019 – USF fell to No. 21 Minnesota 3-0, but took down Butler 4-1 in the USF-Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Invitational on Friday afternoon.

Minnesota 3, USF 0

Minnesota (17-7) scored in the top of the first inning. The Gophers scattered four hits in the inning and scored one runner on an RBI single to left field. With two outs and the bases loaded, a second runner made it home on an error. The Gophers added a run in the seventh inning on a double to right center.

USF was held to just two hits in the game, a single through the right side from redshirt sophomore Bethaney Keen (Bradenton, Fla.) and a single to the pitcher from junior AnaMarie Bruni (Schwenksville, Pa). With her hit, Bruni preserved her hitting streak and improved to 12-straight games with at least one hit. 

Senior Nicole Doyle (Aurora, Ohio) recorded the loss. She pitched 6.2 innings and didn’t walk a single batter in the loss.

USF 4, Butler 1

The Bulls USF got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Lindsey Devitt (Jacksonville, Fla.) walked and junior Bruni batted Devitt forward with a bunt single. The pair both crossed home when Macy Cook singled through the left side.

In the bottom of the sixth, sophomore Kyndall Williams (Trenton, Fla.) walked and was taken out on a fielder’s choice that put freshman Jaycie Michael (Mt. Dora, Fla.) on first. Freshman Meghan Sheehan (Forest Hill, Md.) advanced Michael who made it to third when Devitt hit a hard single to the shortstop. Bruni smacked an RBI single into the infield that scored Michael, and freshman Megan Pierro (Lutz, Fla.) loaded the bases with an infield single. Keen walked in a run before the end of the inning for a 4-0 lead.

Butler (8-14) tried to rally in the seventh inning, and got on the board with one run but couldn’t make any more progress against the Bulls.

Seniors Cheyenne Eggens (Vienna, Ohio) and Doyle held the Bulldogs to zero through seven innings. Eggens earned the win and improved to 4-1 when she pitched 5.1 innings with three strikeouts and just one walk. Doyle earned her first save of the season in 1.2 innings with three strikeouts and just two hits.

Notable

  • Devitt and Bruni each went 2-for-3 against the Bulldogs
  • Cook’s two RBI against Butler mark her fifth Multiple RBI game this season
  • Bruni has had a hit in 13 straight games and has had 12 multi-hit games
  • USF has won 11 of its last 13 games

Up Next

USF will see FAMU at 2 p.m. on Sunday and will face Minnesota for a second time directly after.

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Erin Beck // USF Athletics

Assistant Director of Communications

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