USF tops Connecticut in extra innings
Bulls move to 12-0 in Big East, setting school mark to open year
STORRS, CONN. -- It took an extra inning to get things accomplished, but 18th-ranked South Florida set another record in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Connecticut.
The Bulls (39-5 overall, 12-0 Big East) rallied in the eighth after losing an earlier 2-0 lead, scoring four late runs to pick up a 6-2 win. It was their 12th consecutive Big East win to start the conference season, the team's best league start in school history.
Senior outfielder Janine Richardson went 3 of 4 at the plate, scoring three runs and driving in two, including the eventual game-winner in the eighth. Richardson homered in the second, singled and scored in the fourth, then singled with the bases loaded in the eighth, driving in Gina Kafalas from third.
Kourtney Salvarola followed Richardson's RBI single with a chopper up the middle to score Stephanie Medina, and finished the day 2 of 4 with two RBI as well.
USF jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but UConn challenged Sara Nevins through the first four innings, stranding eight runners. In the fifth, the Huskies finally broke free, stringing together three consecutive singles up the middle to tie the game at two.
Lindsey Richardson came on in the sixth, and pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, shutting down the streaking Huskies. She struck out three of the six batters she faced to pick up her seventh win of the year. Nevins reentered in a non-save situation in the eighth to finish off the Bulls' 19th consecutive win.