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Greiner carries Bulls to win

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012

Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012 00:04

ORACLE PHOTO/BOBBY BISHOP

ORACLE PHOTO/BOBBY BISHOP

Freshman Sam Greiner improved to 10-4 this season with a win Wednesday over Bethune-Cookman. She pitched four innings, allowing three hits and one run.

It may not have picked up many hits, but the USF softball team did the most with what it had in its Wednesday evening win over Bethune-Cookman at the USF Softball Stadium.

Led by a strong outing from freshman pitcher Sam Greiner, USF rode its three hits to a 3-1 win.

The Bulls fell out of first place in the Big East last week after losing two games at Louisville, but after a weekend off to regroup, they got back to their winning ways.

“We come off of Louisville (losses last week), and we fell down the mountain a little bit,” coach Ken Eriksen said. “So, today’s object was to get back on the ledge.” 

Greiner picked up her 10th win of the season, going four innings while allowing three hits and one run, a sacrifice fly that tied the game momentarily in the top of the fourth. Lindsey Richardson pitched three shutout innings in relief and earned a save.

“I think Sam and I work well together,” Richardson said. “We’re two different kinds of pitchers, so that usually ends up working out for us.”

Until the bottom of the sixth, the Bulls had only two hits, an RBI single each from Alexis Nowell and Jessica Mouse. Mouse delivered in the bottom of the fourth, taking back the lead for the Bulls. Laura Fountain followed her with a sacrifice fly to seal the final 3-1 margin.

“Courtney Goff had a fantastic sacrifice bunt ... then Mouse executed the sacrifice squeeze,” Eriksen said. “Then Fountain had an absolute bullet, Superman came out of nowhere to grab it, otherwise two more runs score and there’s a runner on second.”

With the win, the Bulls are at 41 wins for the season with six games left to play. USF is ranked No. 18 in the nation, and has already won eight more games than they did all of last season. The Bulls are second in the Big East and are in prime position for a postseason run.

“It went by really fast, it’s crazy,” Richardson said of her junior season. “This team gets along so well, and we’re just really excited for the rest of the season and anything after it.”

USF will finish up its home schedule this weekend with a “Pack The Park” initiative for a three-game series against Villanova. A doubleheader, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, will be followed by a 1 p.m. finale Sunday.

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