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TAMPA, Fla.—Day one of the Big East Softball Tournament wrapped up with a thrilling 3-0 USF victory over the Providence Friars on Thursday night.
The Bulls broke a tie game by putting up a crooked number in the bottom of the sixth with three runs.
With Providence starter Corinne Clauss holding USF to just one hit through the first five innings, she looked poised to hold the Bulls scoreless for another inning by getting leadoff hitter Kourtney Salvarola to foul out.
However, D’Anna Devine followed Salvarola by scorching a double down the left-field line to give USF just its second hit of the game.
Devine advanced to third on a Stephanie Medina single that was followed by a fielder’s choice by Kenshyra Jackson.
Jackson hit the ball back to Clauss, who fired to third to try and catch Devine retreating back to the bag. Devine was called safe and the bases were loaded for freshman Lee Ann Spivey.
With the count even at 2-2, Spivey ripped a line drive to first that glanced off the glove of first baseman Kristie Dederick’s glove and into foul territory in right field.
Both Devine and Medina scored on the play, with Jackson taking third and Spivey reaching second on the throw to the plate by right fielder Jessie Bryant.
USF (41-14) tacked on another run one batter later with Dani Wayt laying down a perfect squeeze bunt just in front of the pitching circle, scoring Jackson on the play and moving Spivey up to third. Wayt would reach second with an aggressive turn around first, taking advantage of a mental lapse by catcher Stephanie Kiesel as she was not paying attention to Wayt on the play.
Bulls’ starter, and Big East Pitcher of the Year, Sara Nevins (23-7) picked up the win by tossing six innings of shutout ball while giving up just two hits, two walks and striking out nine Friars.
Nevins did run into trouble in both the second and fourth innings by allowing runners into scoring position, but was able to wiggle out of the jams.
Providence (23-28-1) finished 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.
Lindsey Richardson relieved Nevins at the start of the seventh inning and picked up her sixth save of the season after Kiara Baldassari popped up to Jackson, who made a diving catch on the play to end the game.
The shutout victory gives the Bulls a season sweep over Providence to go along with outscoring the Friars 26-0.
The Bulls will continue their quest for the Big East Championship when they play the Louisville Cardinals Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.