Tampa, FL - It was a festive night at the USF softball stadium as the Bulls’ softball team knocked off the Netherlands National team 2-1 on Wednesday.
The win gave Bulls fans the opportunity to see a different brand of softball as the teams squared off in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel.
Capri Catalano got the start for USF and had arguably her best outing of the 2011 season as she pitched the complete 7.0 innings allowing just one run on two hits with six strikeouts.
The Dutch starter Lindsey Meadows held the Bulls to just two runs on two hits with six strikeouts of her own in the loss.
Gina Kafalas collected one of the Bulls’ two hits on the night, and scored the first run of the game in the first, while Ashli Goff collected the other single on the night.
It was a quick start for the Bulls against the Netherlands, as they jumped out to the 1-0 lead in their half of the first as Kafalas did what she does best, get on base. Kafalas was hit on the first pitch and advanced to second on an illegal pitch and moved to third on a groundout. With one out and Janine Richardson at the plate, Ashli Goff took off for second and got caught in a rundown allowing Kafalas to swipe home, giving USF the 1-0 lead after one.
Catalano held the Dutch scoreless in the second, getting them to strand two on base, for the second consecutive inning.
The Netherlands got on the scoreboard in the top of the third thanks to a pair walks and a hit by pitch followed by an RBI groundout by Virginie Anneveld to knot the game at 1-1.
Both teams failed to score until the bottom of the fifth. Stormi Grzybeck was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and was pinch-ran for by Ilaura Reeves. Reeves advanced to second on a passed ball and took third on a sacrifice fly to center by Alexis Nowell. Reeves then scurried home on a passed ball giving USF the 2-1 lead through six.
Catalano shut down the Dutch the remainder of the way to give USF the 2-1 win over the National team.
The Bulls will be back in action on Friday as they square off against Toledo and UMass to kick off the USF Under Armour Showcase.