Softball Opens SSC Play With Win

Buccaneers start 10-day spring break trip with a win over Rollins. Photo by: JC Ridley
WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Barry University softball team (14-2, 1-0 SSC) opened its first Sunshine State Conference series by squeaking out at 3-1 win over the Rollins Tars (3-6, 0-1 SSC) at Lake Island Park on Friday night.
 
The Bucs scored two unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 2-1 lead, while Megan Young (4-2) tossed 2.2 innings of relief and struck out four to pick up the win.
 
Rollins took a 1-0 lead in the third inning after Rachel Foster was hit by an Amber Jack pitch to reach first. She was later sacrificed to second and Monica Meadows drove in the go ahead run with an RBI single to left center.
 
In the sixth, Ashley Likens got a free pass on four straight pitches to lead off the inning. With two outs, Natalie Heeley reached on a fielding error by Rollins shortstop Lauren Starcher to put runners at second and third. With two outs and two strikes, Hollis Davis laid down a surprise bunt that caught the Tar defense off guard. Foster then let the throw to first get away that led to the Bucs’ two runs.
 
Barry added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Likens doubled in Shyla Rider who reached on a one-out walk. With the bottom third of the order up in the bottom half of the inning, Young sat the Tars down in order to close it out for the win.
 
Rollins collected five hits in the game, while Barry hit just four. Rollins’ Missy Thogmartin went 2-for-2 to lead the Tars, while Meadows drove in their only run. Jack went 4.1 innings for Barry and struck out two, while three Rollins pitchers combined for five strikeouts. Serving as the anchor in the platoon rotation, Foster gave up all three runs in the final two innings.
 
The Buccaneers will return to action on Saturday to close out the three-game series with a 1 pm doubleheader.
 
Barry 3, Rollins 1 (02/29/2008 at Winter Park, Fla.)
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Barry............... 000 002 1 -  3  4  0      (14-2, 1-0 SSC)
Rollins............. 001 000 0 -  1  5  3      (3-6, 0-1 SSC)
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Pitchers: Barry - Amber Jack; Megan Young(5). Rollins - Nicole Anderson; Ingrid Schumacher(4);
Rachael Foster(6).
Win-Megan Young(4-2)  Loss-Rachael Foster(1-4)  T-2:01  A-118
Game: SB0229

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