Three First Inning Runs Doom Sailfish Efforts
February 8, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
TAMPA, Fla.- The University of Tampa softball team plated three runs in the first inning of Friday evening’s softball opener and that would prove to be enough as they limited the Sailfish offense to only three hits and one run as the Spartans cruised to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Fish.
UT shortstop Michele Horan got things going in the right direction as the speedy leadoff hitter belted a triple to lead off the game. Horan would come in to score the Spartans first run on a passed ball. A pair of walks by PBA pitcher and senior Andrea Fugate (Lake Wales, Fla.) would open the door for the following two runs in the inning as a RBI groundout by Kallan Casey and a run-scoring single by Krystal Crooks would cap the scoring.
Despite the rough start, Fugate would quickly regroup and virtually shut down the Spartans the rest of the way to the tune of five hits and two walks in addition to a strikeout.
UT pitcher Heather VanLandingham earned the victory in game one for UT as she hurled seven innings while allowing only one run on three hits while striking out five batters.
PBA would push across their only run of the game in the top-half of the third inning. A one out walk to third-baseman Dani Perrotti (Orlando, Fla.) got things going for the Fish before a Chelsea Gravini (Orlando, Fla.) sacrifice moved Perrotti into scoring position.
Slugging shortstop Caitlin Bouschet (Lake Worth, Fla.) would continue her solid start to her collegiate career with an RBI double into the right-field gap, scoring Perrotti.
Junior Becca Bolinger (Upland, Ind.) and senior Cheryl Stephens (Canton, Ga.) connected for the only other PBA hits in the ballgame.