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February 8, 2013
USF's Lindsey Richardson threw a five-inning, no hitter, while the Bulls scored eight runs en rout to their first win of the season Friday against Marshall (0-2). The Bulls (1-0) dominated the game from the first pitch defeating the Herd 8-0 by mercy rule.
"We played well. We executed well, we ran the bases real well, and Lindsey was spinning that ball pretty nice today," said Bulls head coach Ken Erikson.
All phases of the game worked for USF today highlighted by a dominate outing by senior starting pitcher Lindsey Richardson.
Richardson allowed no run, no hit, but hit a batter in a five-inning complete game performance.
"I was ready to get the season off to the right foot. Everybody was there to back me up. The hitting was great, and the fielding was great," said Richardson.
At no point were the Bulls in any trouble. Richardson says the team has been preparing for this day (opening day) for a very long time.
It's just a lot of preparation I think," she said, "I think we were all just so ready for it to get started that I wasn't really shocked that we all came out ready to get going because we've been waiting for this first game. We've been counting down probably since we got back from the World Series."
The Bulls got onto the board in the second inning when Marshall starting pitcher Andi Williamson made an illegal pitch scoring Ilaura Reeves from third.
Kourtney Salvarola started the rally in the second with a one-out single down the third base line. Ashli Goff added a single herself, and then Stephanie Medina hit an RBI single scoring Salvarola and advancing Goff to third.
Kenshyra Jackson put down the squeeze to score Goff, but the Marshall defense never made a play on the ball and Jackson made it all the way to second base. At the end of three the Bulls led 3-0.
The fourth inning brought another offensive onslaught for USF. D'Anna Devine led off with a single to the left side. After Devine stole second, Coutney Goff bunted her over to third.
Salvarola came up clutch again, this time doubling to score Devine. After a pitching change Ashli Goff was walked, followed by a walk to Medina. With the bases loaded Kenshyra Jackson stepped to the plate and hit a pop fly to the shortstop who dropped the ball and two runs scored.
With two outs Lee Ann Spivey hit an RBI double scoring Medina, but Spivey overran second base on the turn and was thrown out. Four runs scored in the fourth making it 7-0 Bulls.
In the fifth Devine was beamed in the back on the first pitch. Freshman Morgan Litchfield followed with a single. Both advanced a base on a wild pitch. The game-ending run was scored when Salvarola hit a deep fly ball to center allowing Devine to tag up and score.
Per NCAA softball mercy rule, with an eight run lead, the game was over.
USF will continue the tournament tomorrow at 4 p.m. when they start game one of their double header. The first game is against Michigan, and they will play Samford at 6:15.