Richardson tosses no-hitter in USF softball opener
How good can USF softball's pitching staff be in 2013? Senior Lindsey Richardson set the bar high in Friday's season opener, throwing a five-inning no-hitter in the Bulls' 8-0 victory against Marshall.
Richardson faced only 16 batters -- one over the minimum -- and struck out nine, including eight of the first nine batters she faced. It's the first no-hitter of her Bulls career, and her nine strikeouts matches her season high from 2012. The Bulls as a pitching staff had 23 shutouts on 2012 on their way to the College World Series in Oklahoma City.
The Bulls (1-0) got three RBIs from Kenshyra Jackson, moving into a new role at third base, and two hits and two RBIs from shortstop Kourtney Salvarola, who takes over this season as the leadoff hitter. Ken Eriksen started three newcomers in the 5-6-7 spots in his lineup -- freshmen Erica Nunn and Lee Ann Spivey and transfer second baseman Dani Wayt. Spivey reached base three times, with two walks and one hit.
The Bulls continue a busy weekend with Michigan an Samford on Saturday (at 4 and 6:15 p.m.) and against Florida Atlantic on Sunday at 1:30.