May 22, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – South Florida rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh inning and took a 7-3 victory over Cal State Northridge Saturday in Game 12 of the 2004 NCAA Division I Softball Tallahassee Regional at the Seminole Softball Complex. The Bulls, 60-13, play Oregon this evening for the right to advance to championship Sunday and a meeting with Florida State. The Matadors ended their season 35-19.
Trailing 3-2 with two out and bases loaded in the seventh inning, USF’s Tiffany Stewart drew a walk to score Kattrina Dowd, who led off the inning with a walk, and tie the game. The next batter, Krista Holle drove in what proved to be the game-winner with a single to left field. Sarah Watson’s single to the shortstop scored two more runs and the Bulls scored their fifth run of the inning when Holle stole home on a double steal attempt.
Things looked good early on for the Bulls, who scored the first run of the ball game in the top of the third inning when Dowd recorded USF’s only extra base hit of the game with a double and went on to score on a base hit by Carmela Liwag. But Northridge responded with three runs off of three hits in the bottom of the inning – an inning in which the Bulls committed two of their four errors. With two on base, thanks to an error and a single, Northridge’s Christen Bedwell belted a double to left center scoring both runners. Monique Lovell drove another run with a single to right field.
Dowd, who along with Watson had three hits to lead the Bulls, singled in USF’s second run in the fourth inning and the score remained 3-2 until the seventh. Bedwell and Laura Hovestreydt had two hits each for the Matadors who had eight hits in the game.
USF’s Leigh Ann Ellis, who improved to 43-7, picked up her third win of the regional with the complete game victory. She struck out 11 batters and walked just two and allowed just one earned run. Northridge starter Kia Fennell pitched six and two-thirds innings in the loss. She finished the season with an 18-11 record.