May 20, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind the solid pitching of senior Leigh Ann Ellis, the South Florida Bulls defeated Ohio State 2-0 on Thursday in Game One of the 2004 NCAA Division I Softball Regional at the Seminole Softball Complex. USF improved to 58-12 and advanced to Game 7 which will be played at 12:30 p.m. Friday. The Buckeyes, now 34-24, will play in an elimination game at 8 p.m. Thursday.
There were just three hits total through the first five innings of the game, but Ohio State threatened in the fourth inning. After a leadoff walk by left fielder Megan Schwab, two straight USF errors loaded the bases for the Buckeyes, but with three straight outs, including two strikeouts, Ohio State didn’t capitalize. In the South Florida sixth, however, two Buckeye errors contributed to a two-run inning for the Bulls. Left fielder Shelly Riker reached base on an error and advanced to third. She scored on a sacrifice fly by Carmela Liwag, who also reached base on an error. With one out, right fielder Holly Groves singled to left center. She went on to score on a double by center fielder Tiffany Stewart.
Ellis, who improved to 41-6, went all seven innings on the mound for the Bulls. She struck out eight, walked two and allowed just one USF hit. Ohio State pitcher Kristi DeVries also struck out eight batters, allowed just to walks and four hits and no earned runs. Her record went to 16-11. OSU right fielder Karisa Evans managed the lone Buckeye hit with a two-out single in the third inning.