Tribute to the USF Softball Senior Class

Posted: May 1, 2016 in Softball
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Lee Ann Spivey is just one of the great seniors that will be suiting for their final regular home game today.

This senior class has been a key group that has led the program to all of their success we have all enjoyed over the past four seasons. Let’s honor the senior group as they suit up for the last home game of the regular season. 

#77 Rachel Ionata – RHP – Palm Harbor, FL 

Ionata in her first and only for USF has pitched in 12 games, throwing 11.2 innings allowing 18 hits, 20 runs, 18 walks, and has struck out 8 batters in limited work throughout the season.

#38 Amber Donovan – 3rd baseman – Guildford, Conn (Liberty University)

Donovan joined back in 2014, but did not play that season. Last year she was 1 for 19 in 18 games where she scored a run, drove in a run, and drew 3 walks in limited playing time. This year, she has played in

#17 Morgan Litchfield – 1st baseman/Catcher – Tampa, FL (Gaither HS)

Entering the season, Litchfield has played in 89 games during her USF career. Entering 2016, she was 36 for 170 at the plate, hitting 2 doubles, 3 home runs, driving in 20 runs, scored 10 runs, and walked 23 times. This season, Litchfield has played in 16 games, driving in 2 runs and drawing 3 walks in limited at bats as a key reserve for Coach Eriksen.

#20 Erica Nunn – LHP/DP – Apex, NC (Holly Springs HS)

Nunn entering this season, had a career record of 24-17 (2.52 ERA) and had thrown 261 innings in her career, allowing 182 hits, 106 runs, 137 walks, and had struck out 275 batters. At the plate, she was 5 for 54 with 2 doubles, a home run, 2 RBIs, scored 1 run, and drew 4 walks in limited at bats as she became the number two arm in the rotation over the past few years. This year, Nunn has taken over both at the plate but more importantly in the circle. Let’s start with the offense. She is 41 for 101 at the plate this year (.406) with 10 doubles, 4 home runs, 27 RBIs, 15 runs scored, 14 walks, and 1 steal. All of these numbers are career highs as she has become everything for the Bulls. In the circle, the numbers are even better. She is 25-7 (42 games) with 5 saves. She has thrown 180.1 innings, allowing 139 hits, 51 runs, 60 walks, and has struck out 140 batters on the year. In just one year she has surpassed her career win total as she has become our great ace and has led the Bulls to all of their great success on the field.

#13 Monica Santos – Infielder – Tampa, FL (Wharton HS)

Santos entering this season and played in 143 career games, batting .256 (75 for 293) with 14 doubles, 3 triples, 9 home runs, 40 RBIs, had scored 28 runs, and had drawn 46 walks. this season, Santos has played in 51 games, batting 33 for 115 (.287) with 11 doubles, 4 home runs, 30 RBIs, has scored 21 runs, drawn 20 walks, and is 3 for 3 in steal attempts. Santos, despite stepping in at 4’10” has been a huge bat in the lineup, both driving in runs and launching bombs over the fence.

#19 Lee Ann Spivey – Catcher/Outfielder – Palm Coast, FL (Flagler Palm Coast HS)

Spivey is one of the most decorated Bulls that has come through the program in a long time, gaining first team AAC honors last year and 2nd team honors in 2014 (should be first team in 2016 as well). Entering this season, she had played in 166 total games, batting .315 (146 for 463) with 27 doubles, 5 triples, 24 home runs, had driven in 120 runs, scored 77 more, walked 43 times and was 15 for 21 in total steal attempts. This year, Spivey has continued her incredible career, starting 51 games for the Bulls (entering the series). She is 48 for 141 (.338) with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs (now holds the career record for home runs), 39 RBIs, has scored 41 runs, drawn 15 walks and is 4 for 5 in steal attempts. She has been the anchor on defense behind the plate but the offense has been the biggest impact as she has been the heart of the order over the past years and will be near impossible to replace next year.

Thank you to all of the seniors for the great careers. It has been an honor to watch your actions and the joy the program has brought the USF faithful over the past four seasons. Go Bulls!

(stats don’t reflect the first two game of this series).

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