The USF Bulls had a 1-0 lead on powerhouse Oklahoma through four innings, and Bulls ace Sara Nevins was business as usual, throwing a no hitter into that inning. But, the Sooners started showing the signs why they were a softball powerhouse, with lots of power.
Freshman phenom Lindsey Chamberlain slugged one to centerfield and out of play for a two-run shot to give Oklahoma its first lead of the game. The Bulls trailed the Sooners 2-1 in the sixth inning but that’s when the Oklahoma bats started coming alive and swinging.
Kellani Ricketts, who also impressed in the circle with 11 strikeouts, showed up in her last two at bats. She didn’t get a hit in either of her previous appearances at the plate, however, in the sixth inning she hit an RBI triple to extend the Sooners’ lead, and later scored on a two-out single.
Ricketts showed exactly why she was named Softball Player of the Year, and honor that isn’t even a day old.
USF has an off day tomorrow and will face the loser of the LSU-California game Saturday at noon, still having a chance to advance further in the College World Series.
The Bulls took the lead in the fourth inning when Kourtney Salvarola scored on a two-out single that advanced Courtney Goff from second base. Goff was substituted to pinch run to third basemen Jessica Mouse, who hit a double to start the play.
USF relied on the duties of all three of their starting pitchers against Oklahoma. Nevins had a strong showing with seven strike outs, but threw half a dozen illegal pitches. Richardson struck out the first two batters she faced. Then, freshman Sam Greiner came into the game in the sixth inning, but gave up back-to-back bases loaded walks.
College World Series. Remember, it’s a double-elimination tournament.
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