Salvarola hits two more HRs in win vs. 'Nova
USF junior shortstop Kourtney Salvarola continues a ridiculous power streak at the plate, hitting two home runs in Wednesday's 8-2 win at Villanova to give her five home runs in the Bulls' last two games.
Salvarola hit three in Sunday's win against Rutgers, including a walkoff shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, and in these two games, she has hit more home runs than in all of her sophomore season (three). She has a team-high 10 now, and the Bulls have 33 as a team, which should edge them ahead of Notre Dame for the Big East lead. USF (25-11, 3-1) is barely more than halfway through its 2013 season, but the Bulls already have six more home runs than they hit in 2012 on the way to the College World Series.
Salvarola, with 10 home runs, already has the third-highest season total in USF history, trumped only by two years by Holly Groves, who hit 12 in 2003 and 18 in 2004. She also has a slugging percentage of .800, which would reset the team record of .742, set by Groves in 2004. The Bulls are on course to challenge the team record for home runs -- 48, set in 2004.
Salvarola drove in five runs Wednesday -- giving her nine in the last two games -- and the Bulls got a complete-game win from junior Sara Nevins (11-5), who struck out 10 batters. Villanova (11-13) helped the Bulls with six errors, including three by shortstop Ali Lowe, who had totaled four in the Wildcats' first 23 games this season.
USF wraps up the three-game series with a doubleheader Thursday before heading home for the holiday weekend.