Barry Earns Sweep of Sailfish Softball in Miami Shores
March 22, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- A five run third inning in game one and a pair of late runs scored in game two sunk the Sailfish softball chances on Tuesday evening as they took on Barry University in a pair of NCAA South Region contests. BU left-handed hurler Brianna Smith seemed to gain strength as the game went along in game one as the Bucs posted a 6-0 victory while they would push across a pair of runs in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie in game two for the 5-3 win over the Fish.
Now 23-6 on the season, the Buccaneers utilized some timely hitting and execution to knock of the Sailfish who drop to 16-10 on the season.
Barry tallied five runs in the bottom of the third inning in game one off Sailfish starter Chris Donovan (9-4) to break a 0-0 tie as they blooped in two run-scoring hits while freshman Brooke Asher drilled a two-run later in the frame to stake Smith to the sizable lead.
Although a bit wild at times, Smith would settle down when she needed to as she struck out 11 Sailfish batters and limited the PBA lineup to only four hits.
The Fish would have their chances in the opener as they took advantage of two hit-by-pitches and three walks from Smith but could never muster the big two-out hit that they needed to get on the scoreboard as they ended up leaving 10 runners on base.
Jessica Tabor finished 2-for-3 for Barry while Cassy Zamora added in a pair of hits and two runs scored.
Game two featured a matchup of right-handed starters as Lauren Bubeck for PBA opposed Paula Mackin for the Bucs.
Both pitcher’s would battle but have few easy innings as the two teams combined for 17 hits in the nightcap.
The Bucs struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning when a leadoff walk followed by two singles loaded the bases with nobody out. An RBI single from Tabor would follow and then after two outs were made a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch would bring home the second run.
The Sailfish would fight back in the top of the second inning as Karli Newton blasted a long homerun, her first of her collegiate career, that tied the score at 2-2.
That is where things would remain until the bottom the fourth inning when BU plated their third run as Alyssa Goldsmith drew a bases-loaded walk. The Fish were fortunate there was not more scored as Bubeck would settle down and retire the next two hitters with no more damage.
Back came the Sailfish again in the top of the fifth inning as Caitlin Bouschet reached on an error then came into score later in the inning on a mishandled groundball off the bat of Cassady Faircloth for a second error to tie the score at 3-3.
The Bucs would grab the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth however as Brosecker and Goldsmith each registered infield hits to move ahead 5-3.
Mackin earned the victory in the circle as she worked around three walks while registering five strikeouts and allowing seven hits and three runs (two earned) in seven frames.
Bubeck tossed six innings and allowed 10 hits and five runs (four earned) while walking three and striking out two.
Beyond Newton’s homerun, another positive sign for PBA came from the bat of freshman Lauren Powell who did good work from the leadoff spot as she finished 3-for-4 in game two.
The Sailfish will have little time to dwell on the double-header sweep to Barry as they will now turn their attention to Wednesday’s matchup with Nova Southeastern University. The two rivals are set for a first pitch of 6 pm in a double-header to be played at the Lake Catherine Sports Complex in Palm Beach Gardens.