Lee Ann Spivey hit a two-run homer in the third inning Thursday afternoon in Memphis, extending the Bulls’lead to five and sending the team to the semifinals. Though the Bulls didn’t score any more runs against the Tigers, they were able to cling to a 5-3 win over Memphis.
The Bulls recorded nine hits from four players, with conference rookie of the year freshman Juli Weber managing two hits and a run scored with an RBI.
Starting pitcher senior Sara Nevins was able to hold the Tigers to two runs over 5 1/3 innings. The two runs surrendered by Nevins came on one pitch to Memphis’Ellen Roberts. The Tigers’senior slammed the ball over the fence for a two-run home run. Nevins was relieved by sophomore Erica Nunn and together the two pitchers combined to give up five hits and strike out eight batters in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament.
The second-seeded Bulls will play at 5 p.m. Friday against the third-seeded Louisville Cardinals (34-20) in Houston. The Cardinals knocked off Temple, 5-3, on Thursday. USF (41-14) will have a tough matchup Friday as they face a team that swept them in three games in regular season play this year.