USF softball takes on Memphis in a 3-game set

Posted: April 26, 2014 in Softball

Lee Ann Spivey and crew will need a big weekend against Memphis (Picture credit: http://www.gousfbulls.com)

The Bulls, 33-14 (7-5), are back in action as they host Memphis for a 3-game set. The Tigers are 22-26 (4-10) and sit in 7th place in the AAC while USF sits in 4th place as they try to make a late move up the standings (double header for Saturday, first game at 1 PM and the second game at 3:15. Series wraps up on Sunday at 11 AM).

At the plate, Memphis is led by freshman infielder Brittany Vaughn who is batting .308 with 11 doubles, 2 home runs, and has 33 RBIs. Senior infielder Kelly Braman is batting .258 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, and has 18 RBIs on the season. Sophomore catcher Georganna Goodwin is batting .328 with 4 doubles, 4 home runs, and has 24 RBIs on the season. Freshman Calli Irvin is batting .226 but has 7 doubles, 4 home runs, and 18 RBIs, rounding out their batting order. The USF pitching staff will have to shake off a rough outing on Wednesday night in Gainesville and return to their dominance led by Sara Nevins. The all time career wins leader for the Bulls will need to be at her best in this series for the Bulls to get a few more late season wins heading into the AAC tournament.

In the circle, the Tigers are led by senior RHP Ellen Roberts. Roberts is 11-15 on the year with a 2.49 ERA. She has worked 171.1 innings, allowing 176 hits, 61 runs, 53 walks, and has struck out 132 batters. Joining her in the circle is freshman RHP Christian Novak who is 9-8 with a 3.48 ERA. She has tossed 100.2 innings, allowing 93 hits, 56 runs, 52 walks and has struck out 79 batters. The USF offense will need to come up big in the series. Kourtney Salvarola, the program’s all time home run leader, will need the other big bats in the lineup like Stephanie Medina and Lee Anny Spivey to come up big and help add on.

This is a series USF should have the upper hand in, especially with Sara Nevins on the mound. The Bulls need all the wins they can get as the regular season slowly comes to a close.

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