USF softball takes on South Carolina to begin NCAA tournament

Posted: May 19, 2016 in Uncategorized
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It’s go time.

The Bulls, 44-14, are in the NCAA tournament as they head to Tallahassee to begin the regional rounds. They will be facing off against South Carolina, 36-21, in the first game (game begins at noon tomorrow). It’s a rematch from 2014 when the Bulls were last in the tournament. Time to go to work. 

USF enters the tournament batting .325 as a team and has a staff ERA of 2.50 (opponents are batting .226 against them). South Carolina on the other side is batting .297 as a team with a staff ERA of 2.92 (opponents are batting .234 against them). Both sides can hit and both can pitch, so get ready for an intense battle.

Leading the South Carolina offense is junior first baseman Kaylea Saner who is batting .273 with 6 home runs, had 40 RBIs on the season and has scored 19 runs on the season. Senior outfielder Alaynie Page is batting .344 with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 9 home runs (leads the team), with 41 RBIs, has scored 43 runs and is 16 for 18 in steal attempts (power and speed with her). Rounding out some of their top hitters is freshman outfielder Kennedy Clark is batting .319 with 9 doubles, 4 home runs, 34 RBIs and has scored 31 runs on the year. They will be facing off against the AAC pitcher of the year in Erica Nunn who was 27-10 in the regular season with a 1.65 ERA and struck out 214 batters in 208.1 innings of work (hitters batted just .207 against her), but this won’t be easy for her or anyone.

Leading the South Carolina staff is junior RHP Nickie Blue who is 18-12 (2.53 ERA) and has thrown 193.1 innings, allowing 160 hits, 83 runs, 78 walks, and has struck out 120 batters. Another arm to watch is fellow junior RHP Jessica Elliott who is 17-9 (2.84 ERA) and has thrown 170 innings, allowing 154 hits, 94 runs, 107 walks and has struck out 112 batters on the season. They will be facing off against a USF batting order that is led by AAC player of the year Juli Weber who is batting .421 with 5 home runs, 38 RBIs, and is 13 for 16 in steal attempts. Another top batter is Kristen Wyckoff who is batting .411 with 41 runs scored and is 20 for 26 in steal attempts (speed upon speed). The big power in the USF order is from 1st team All AAC selection Lee Ann Spivey who is batting .323 with a team leading 15 home runs and 41 RBIs. If Weber and Wyckoff can get on base, Spivey and others will be looking to get them home.

It’s tournament time! Time to get to work ladies! USF nation is with you!!

 

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