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Cougars Celebrate Senior Day with Sweep of DSU

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 04/25/2012
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Sophomore ace Bailey Bouman lived up to her billing on Tuesday, as she led USF to a sweep of Dakota State (8-0, 6-5) in the home finale for the Cougars.

Bouman notched two wins to improve her overall mark to 9-10.

"Bailey was phenomenal, we have all the confidence in the world in her," said head coach Travis Lape. "We know that she's always going to be a bulldog on the mound, and if she can do her job and we do our job behind her, we have a good chance of winning."

The Cougars improved to 15-19, while the Trojans dropped to 13-24.

Playing at home for the final time was senior Jenna Turner, who played a vital role in both victories. The left fielder tallied four hits and two RBI on the day.

"I'm so proud of Jenna, she made the most of her last home games," Lape said. "I had a feeling that she was going to have some big hits today, and she delivered when her team needed her to."

The opening game of the doubleheader was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when the Cougars erupted for a six-run scoring spree that was highlighted by RBI singles by Noelle Roden, Elliott Lenz, Katie Larson and Bailey Bouman.

RBI base hits by Roden and Kellen Dewey in the bottom of the fifth put the mercy rule into effect.

In the circle, sophomore Bailey Bouman dominated the Trojans, scattering two hits with one walk and six strikeouts in five innings of work.  

The Cougars out-hit the Trojans, 10-2 in the opener.

Roden finished 2-for-3 with 3 RBI. Dewey was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Priscilla Quintana and Jenna Turner each had two hits.

Game two was a different story, as USF starter Amanda Walters was touched for three runs on three hits in the top of the first inning. Dakota State tacked on another run off of Bouman, who relieved Walters, to take the early 4-0 lead.

Bouman would allow just one run on two hits the rest of the game.  

The Cougars got on the board in their half of the second when Dewey led off with a single and later scored on a passed ball. Dewey delivered again in the fourth, belting a one-out single up the middle and once again touched home on a passed ball to cut the Cougars' deficit to 4-2.

After Bouman retired the side in the top of the fifth, the Cougars tied the game at 4-4 with a two-out double by Turner.

"That was a huge two-out hit," Lape said. "Jenna showed a lot of patience in that at bat; she really wanted to get two wins on her Senior Day and that double certainly paved the way for what happened later in the game."

The Trojans regained the lead in their half of the sixth with an RBI single that was preceded by a one-out double and a passed ball.

Both teams went quietly during their respective half-innings and the Trojans maintained a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the seventh frame.

Lenz led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Larson. A pitching error during Bouman's at bat plated Lenz to tie the game at five. After a fly-out and a base hit by Turner, a fatal miscue by the Trojan shortstop opened the door for Bouman to scoot home to give the Cougars' the 6-5 win and a senior day home sweep.

Bouman allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched.

Turner and Dewey both went 2-for-4 in the nightcap. USF held a narrow 9-8 edge in hits over Dakota State.

USF will wrap up its 2012 campaign this weekend, when they travel to Minot, N.D., for a four-game series with the Beavers.

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