Shockers Run-Rule No. 25 USF to Clinch Series

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Erin McDonald allowed only one hit and the offense cranked out 12 hits and three home runs to run-rule No. 25 USF, 10-0, Saturday afternoon at Wilkins Stadium. 

McDonald only gave up one hit, while recording four strikeouts to collect her 14th win of the season. Madison Perrigan led the Shockers with three hits in three at-bats, driving in two runs and collecting her 11th home run in the process. Bailee Nickerson added three RBIs on two hits and Lauren Mills hit her second home run in as many days to finish with two RBI. 

The Shockers jumped out to an early lead after forcing USF to go three up, three down in the top of the first thanks to Perrigan hitting a solo home run. Nickerson drew a walk in the next at-bat, allowing the two-out rally to continue with Mills hitting her second home run of the series that extended the Shockers’ lead to three. 

After McDonald forced another 1-2-3 inning, Wichita State collected three straight singles to load the bases with no outs. Laurie Derrico capitalized on the opportunity, coming up with a two-run single to right field. Perrigan and Nickerson followed up with RBI singles in the infield, extending Wichita State’s lead 7-0 in the bottom of the second. 

Adi Reese loaded the bases by drawing a one-out walk later in the inning and Neleigh Herring added to the lead after a groundout to first base drove home Perrigan from third to make it an 8-0 Shockers’ lead. 

USF came up with their lone hit of the game in the top of the fourth, but the runner was caught stealing second and a groundout to McDonald allowed the Shockers to force their fourth straight shutout inning. 

Getting shutout in the third inning, the Shockers responded by scoring two more runs in the bottom of the fourth after a single by Perrigan and Nickerson’s sixth home run of the season. McDonald retired the last five batters that allowed the Shockers to end the game in the fifth inning. 

USF will have one more chance to claim the regular season conference title outright, while Wichita State (31-23, 12-8) goes for the series sweep on Senior Day on Sunday at Wilkins Stadium at 11 a.m. The four seniors for Wichita State will be recognized following the game

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