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February 17, 2013

USF Rebounds from Rough Saturday with Win vs. Coastal Carolina 5-1.

After a poor showing Saturday the Bulls went on the field Sunday with an aim to get back into the win column. The USF Bulls (6-3) defeated the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2-8) in the consolation game of the USF Tournament 5-1.

"Your veterans came through really nice today," said head coach Ken Eriksen, "so I was excited about the way we responded from a day like yesterday."

The Bulls were first to get on the board in the second when Courtney Goff singled down the right field line to score Ilaura Reeves from third. With Mo Santos at third and Goff at first USF pulled a double steal giving them a 2-0 lead.

In the fifth the Bulls added three more runs. Kourtney Salvarola singled up the middle, and D'Anna Devine was able to score because of a fielding error by the center fielder. Salvarola was on third and Kenshyra Jackson was on first when Lee Ann Spivey banged a double to center field scoring them both.

At the end of five innings the Bulls lead 5-0.

Starting pitcher Lindsey Richardson had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning when Kiana Quolas singled to third with one on (from an error), and no outs.

At that point freshman pitcher Erica Nunn was brought in to replace Richardson. She walked the first batter she faced. Next Chants' first baseman Paige Goldsack singled to left field scoring a run.

Sara Nevins came in and got out of a bases loaded jam. She would finish the game in the circle and got the save.

Richardson got the win pithing 5 1/3 innings allowing one hit, one run (none earned), and striking out ten.

"After yesterday, you owe it to yourself and to your teammates to go out and you need a game like this," said Richardson, "everybody was hitting the ball and we got a lot of runs. So after not playing as ideally as we wanted yesterday you've got to have a day like this to keep your spirits up."

Kiana Quolas got the loss for Coastal Carolina going 4 1/3 innings allowing ten hits, five runs, walking and striking out one.

USF will get a break for the next few days until they begin the NFCA Lead-Off Classic at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater. They will play double headers on Friday and Saturday and one game one Sunday. First up for them will be Southern Illinois at 3:30 p.m.



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