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February 10, 2013

USF Can't Stay Perfect Against FAU

Tampa, Fla.-The USF softball team (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon at the hands of an unlikely foe; Florida Atlantic University (1-3) upset the Bulls 2-1.


"If there's anything you're going to take out of a defeat like this so early in the season is what do we need to do to avoid those types of things," said head coach Ken Eriksen, "It's better off happening in February than it is happening in April and May."


From the first pitch it didn't quite seem like the Bulls were into the game. On the first play of the game Christina Martinez of FAU reached on a throwing error by Kourtney Salvarola. Martinez was able to make it to second base.


Martinez then easily stole third when the throw from Lee Ann Spivey sailed all the way into left field. Katheryn Spack hit a roller down the first base line and first baseman Stephanie Medina was unable to throw out Martinez at home.


In the bottom of the first Salvarola got the Bulls going with a leadoff double. Salvarola had two of the Bulls' six hits, but was unable to score either time.


USF had another chance in the fourth inning with runners on second and first with no outs, but were again unable to get any runs.


In the seventh inning FAU added a pivotal score when third baseman Alexa Ballard hit a shot over the high left field fence.


That was the only earned run that starting pitcher Lindsey Richardson allowed. She pitched in seven innings, allowing two, one earned, four hits, one walk, and eight strike outs.


The Bulls offense showed up in the bottom of the seventh, but it was too little too late. Kenshyra Jackson led off with a single and was pinch-ran for by Courtney Goff. Spivey stepped up to the plate and belted a double down the left field line, bringing the deficit to one.


"The whole game she was pitching me a first strike and I watched it. So I was just thinking to attack the first pitch because I knew the strike was coming," said Spivey.


Stephanie Juergens came up and was unable to lay down a bunt and instead struck out. The following two batters also flied out ending the game.


It was a great performance from FAU pitcher Samantha Messer, who baffled the Bulls at the plate all day long. She pitched seven innings, allowed one run on six hits, walking one, and striking out four.


USF will take a break for a few days and get back to work on Friday, as they start another tournament at the USF Softball Stadium. Teams playing in the USF 4 Team Tournament include NC State, Coastal Carolina, and Tennessee.


The Bulls will play NC State Friday at 4:15 p.m.




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