Pitchers, dual: Bulls yield one run in 33 innings
One day, three games, 33 innings and just one run allowed.
Ideally, that would add up to three victories, but USF had to settle for two in wild fashion on Thursday.
USF's baseball and softball teams combined to go into extra innings three times on Thursday -- all in scoreless ties -- and softball rallied for two wins at Villanova, while baseball lost 1-0 at Georgetown in 13 innings.
In all, Bulls pitchers allowed just one run -- unearned at that -- in 33 innings. Softball's Sara Nevins threw 5.1 innings of no-hit relief to win the first game, then pitching the final 2.1 innings to win the second game, which the Bulls won 3-0 on a three-run home run by Kourtney Salvarola.
Salvarola is another headline all by herself -- she has hit six home runs in USF's last four games, with three Sunday, including a walkoff in the ninth, and two Wednesday in the first game at Villanova. That's twice as many home runs in five days as she totaled in her entire sophomore year. USF's pitchers were outstanding in pressure situations in the second game, allowing nine hits in a shutout by stranding 13 Villanova runners.
Baseball got eight strong innings from freshman Jimmy Herget, but couldn't muster a run to give him a victory -- six relievers combined to allow just two hits in five innings, but the winning run came in on a bases-loaded walkoff ... wild pitch.
USF softball is now 27-11 and 5-1 in the Big East; baseball is back to .500 at 13-13 and 3-1 in conference. The Bulls have two more games at Georgetown on Friday and Saturday, while softball is now done until Wednesday, when they play host to St. John's in a doubleheader.