USF softball takes on Temple to end regular season

Posted: May 3, 2014 in Softball

Time to finish strong.

The Bulls, 36-14 (10-5) and 3rd in the AAC are headed to Philadelphia to take on Temple, 15-25 (5-10), in the regular season series finale. The Bulls will play the Owls in 4 games (2 double headers) with both games starting at noon and then at 2:15 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Temple has had their last 5 games canceled due to weather and had lost 3 games in a row before the weather delays. They will be trying to send their seniors out with wins and the Bulls will have to play spoiler during this series.

The Owls are led by senior short stop Sarah Prezioso who is batting .386 with 9 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs and leads the team with 22 RBIs on the season. Sophomore infielder/RHP Kelsey Dominik is batting .283 with 5 home runs and 20 RBIs (also their ace pitcher). 2nd baseman Leah Lucas is batting .231 with 5 doubles, 4 home runs, and has 20 RBIs. Sophomore outfielder Annie Marcopolus is batting .225 with 2 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs and 17 RBIs, rounding out the heart of their batting order.

The USF pitching staff, led by Sara Nevins and her 23-7 (1.28 ERA) should be able to dominate the series. Prezioso poses a real power threat in their batting order, but the Bulls have been able to cool off the big bats of most teams.

In the circle, Kelsey Dominik leads the Owls with a 9-10 record (3.05 ERA) and has pitched 16 complete games. She has thrown 119.4 innings, allowing 120 hits, 61 runs, 43 walks and has struck out 68 batters. Joining her is freshman RHP Amanda Gatt who is 4-5 on the season (3.91 ERA). She has pitched 62.2 innings, allowing 72 hits, 47 runs, 32 walks and has struck out 29 batters.

The USF batting order should have the upper hand in this series. With the big hitters like Kourtney Salvarol and Lee Ann Spivey going, they will be able to score some runs. Other players like Juli Weber and others will also have their chances as well and need to take advantage against Temple.

USF needs to end the season strong to bolster their record even more and get the momentum going for the upcoming AAC. The Bulls (on paper) have the more dominate team and should be able to take at least 3 out of the 4 games in this series (IMO), helping them get closer to the postseason they’ve been chasing all season.

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