|University of Maine||South Florida|
Tampa, Fla. — The University of Maine softball team trailed South Florida by just one run after three innings. However, a three-run home run by the Bulls in the fourth helped propel USF to a 5-0 victory on Wednesday evening at the USF Softball Stadium.
Maddie Decker stretched her streak of reaching base safely to nine straight games with a single while Laurine German ran her streak to eight straight with a double.
In total, the Black Bears (6-12) were outhit, 8-4, in the contest. Erika Leonard and Meghan Royle each added singles for Maine.
The Bulls (17-12) broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third when Donovan’s groundout to short allowed Bruni to come in from third.
South Florida added four runs in the fourth, keyed by Fund’s three-run homer. The Bulls tacked on their fifth run of the evening when Evans’ sacrifice fly brought in Leistl.
Maine’s biggest threat came in the third when German started the inning with a double to right before advancing to third on Shanna Scribner’s sacrifice bunt. However, following an intentional walk to Rachel Carlson, the Bulls were able to escape the jam, leaving two runners on.
South Florida kept Maine off the scoreboard over the final three innings to capture the win, 5-0.
Annie Kennedy got the start for Maine and took the loss after going 3.0 innings and surrendering one run on four hits with three strikeouts. Molly Flowers gave up four runs on three hits with two strikeouts over 2.0 innings while Kyleigh O’Donnell tossed an inning, giving up one hit and fanning one.
Maine is back in action on Thursday at 10 a.m. when it meets Tennessee Chattanooga.