QUEENS, N.Y. -
The St. John's softball team (21-18, 9-7) hosts conference-foe USF this Saturday, April 18, in a two-game set at Red Storm Field starting at noon.
Live stats and live audio will be available for the conference matchup between the Red Storm and the Bulls at RedStormSports.com.
USF leads the all-time series with St. John's, 10-0. Last season, the Bulls won a close game, 2-1, before winning game two, 8-0.
St. John's split its last BIG EAST doubleheader on Wednesday at Seton Hall. St. John's was outscored 12-7 in the first game but Kat Lawrence threw her second-career no-hitter to lead the Red Storm to a 9-0 victory in six innings in game two.
STJ was topped by LIU on Thursday, 3-2, in eight innings. Senior Roxy Struble's RBI single in the third inning extended her hit-streak to 11 games.
Struble was selected to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday for the fifth time this season. Struble hit .667 (8-for-12) with six runs, three doubles, a home run and four RBI.
Struble continues to lead the Red Storm offense, pacing the team in batting average (.433), hits (52), RBI (31), total bases (84), walks (13), on-base percentage (.485) and slugging percentage (.700). The senior is now second in the BIG EAST and tied for 19th in the nation in batting average. Struble has also transitioned to shortstop after beginning the season as a corner infielder.
Sophomore starter Linzee Sumrall has a team-leading 176 strikeouts in 129.2 innings. Sumrall also has 16 complete games, four shutouts and three saves to pace the squad. Her save total places her eighth in the nation while she is also 17th with 9.8 strikeouts per 7.0 innings and 23rd in strikeouts.
Lawrence has kept up in the K department, striking out 151 batters in 129.2 innings this year. Sumrall and Lawrence are now second and third in the BIG EAST. The right hander also leads the team with a 2.73 ERA and an 11-9 record to go along with 13 complete games and three shutouts.
Sophomore leadoff hitter Chelsea Durning continues to be the sparkplug for the Red Storm offense. She leads St. John's in at-bats (120), runs (33), doubles (12), triples (1), and HBP (9) and is second on the squad in batting average (.350), hits (42) and on-base percentage (.443).
Since transitioning to catcher after playing most of 2008 at third base, Cox has found her groove at the plate. Cox, who was the team's offensive leader a season ago, has a .378 batting average, eight runs, four doubles, three home runs, 14 RBI, a .670 slugging percentage and a .482 on-base percentage in BIG EAST play this season.
Junior transfer Stacia Dopudja has moved into the cleanup spot in the Red Storm lineup and has provided power in the middle of the order for St. John's. Dopudja is fourth on the team with a .303 batting average, second on the squad with eight doubles and seven home runs and third with 18 RBI and a .569 slugging-percentage.
Junior outfielder Shauntaine Harris has played well in BIG EAST games this season, batting 44 points higher in conference play. Harris is batting .286 in BIG EAST games and has six runs, three doubles, a home run, six RBI and a team-leading three steals against conference foes.
Freshman middle infielder Jenna Berger hit her first-two career home runs on Wednesday at Seton Hall. Berger now has five runs, a double and eight RBI in conference play.
Freshman Kristi Cady, who had played every game for the Red Storm to begin her career, missed her first game against Villanova on Monday due to food poisoning, but returned to the STJ lineup on Wednesday vs. Seton Hall.
Redshirt-freshman Erin Harris, who recently hit her first-two career home runs vs. Rutgers, has been diagnosed with a broken sesamoid bone in her right foot and will miss four-to-six weeks.
The USF Bulls are 28-18 and 7-7 in the BIG EAST this season after going 44-20, 16-4 a year ago.
The Bulls are led by head coach Ken Eriksen who is 553-281-1 in 12 years with USF.
The team returns 18 letterwinners along with six starters and four pitchers.
USF is batting .283 as a team and has an ERA of 2.16.
Cat Olnick paces the Bulls with a .390 batting average in 44 games this season. She also has a team-leading .590 slugging percentage and .488 on-base percentage to go along with 14 runs, nine doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI.
Britta Giddens is second on the squad with a .358 average in 41 games and paces the Bulls with 10 doubles, four home runs and 28 RBI.
JoJo Medina is second on the squad with 22 RBI and third on the team with three home runs. Medina is batting .277 on the season in 46 games.
Kristi Ecks leads the Bulls with a 6-1 record and a 1.83 ERA this year. Ecks has 54 strikeouts in 53.2 innings this season.
Kristen Gordon paces USF with 85.1 innings pitched and 87 strikeouts and a 6-4 record.
Candace Howell is second on the team with 67 strikeouts and 68.2 innings pitched. Howell has a 2.45 ERA and 6-5 record.
The Red Storm travels to Hofstra on Wednesday, April 22, for a single game at 4 p.m. in Hempstead, N.Y.
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