Senior third baseman Jessica Mouse, a defensive lynchpin and one of the experienced leaders of the USF softball team, describes how every pitch is key, while focus and composure are the main ingredients to shutting down the opposition. A former LSU Tiger, Mouse has returned to her hometown where she was a standout at Chamberlain High and has transitioned smoothly with her squad, which she feels could turn out to be a season to remember.
The USF softball team looked to carry momentum into the night cap of a twin bill Friday against the Mississippi St. Bulldogs in the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater. After a 5 inning throttle vs. Illinois, the Bulls played to a tight 1-0 victory to improve to (8-1). Sophomore lefty Sara Nevins pitched her way to her second victory of the year as she mowed down the opposition, striking out seven while walking none. Nevins talks about confidence from her coach as well as the tactical zigzagging against the Bulldogs.
USF head softball coach Ken Ericksen, who is in his 19th season at the helm, spoke with the Digital Bullpen after a sweep of a Friday night double-header between the University of Illinois and Mississippi St. After two complete game shutouts by the Bulls, Ericksen delved into his coaching philosophy; whether during a blowout or a close game, the handling of a particular scenario doesn’t change from game to game. Ericksen also sizes up the opposition, who despite a good outing, wasn’t able to plate a runner.
Head softball coach Ken Ericksen opened up the 2012 campaign at home as hosts of the USF Tournament. His team quickly tallied four runs in the first with two more in the second. The squad added another run in the fourth to finish off the Black Bears of Maine by a final of 8-1. Ericksen delves into high praise for the Lady Bulls as he speaks about the offense generated from the start. Ericksen also tells us about not seeing eye to eye with the umpire who ejected him after an illegal pitch call.
There are only six senior softball players on the USF roster, none more lethal at the top of the lineup than Tampa’s own Gina Kafalas. The diminutive outfielder ignited a four run rally that would result in a victory during the night cap of the Bulls 4-2 win over the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast University. Kafalas drove in the game’s first run and the team never looked back; here she discusses her capacity to rake in the runs and the goal of finishing in the win column.
It took the USF softball team fourteen batters to pick up the first hit of the game against the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast University; a double to straightaway center by shortstop Kourtney Salvarola in the fourth. The rally fell short, but a late spark of four runs in the fifth frame aided the Lady Bulls to a 4-2 victory. Starting pitcher Lindsey Richardson paved the way four and a third scoreless innings while striking out five and yielding just two hits. The junior hurler talks about the excitement of the squad entering play in 2012.
USF freshman softball sensation Sam Greiner sounds off after a strong outing in the Bulls 8-1 victory over the Black Bears of Maine on Friday in the first of four match-ups at the season opening USF Tournament. Greiner tells the Digital Bullpen about pre-game jitters and the confidence in her teammates and the defense behind her after a winning performance for this year’s first win. The native of Sparta, NJ went six innings, giving up just three hits and punching out eight in her debut.
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