Softball Sweeps Lakers Behind Smith

Softball Sweeps Lakers Behind Smith
Brianna Smith picked up both wins and delivered the walk-off single in the game two. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—Behind the arm and bat of Brianna Smith, the Barry Buccaneers swept the Mercyhurst Lakers in a softball doubleheader at Buccaneer Field Monday night, winning game one 1-0 and taking the nightcap 6-5.
Smith (3-3) picked up both wins in the contests. In game one, she twirled her third career no-hitter, walking four and striking out five in the complete-game shutout. In game two, she came on in relief of Paula Mackin and worked out of the seventh inning, and then roped a walk-off single down the right field line for the game-winner.
In game one, Sarah Broeseker knocked in pinch-runner Hannah Shy with a single in the fifth inning. Cassy Zamora had doubled and stole third, but was knocked out of the game when the throw caught her in the face.
In game two, the Bucs (10-4) scored first in the opening frame. Broeseker led off with a double and scored on an error when the Lakers (8-4) threw the ball away on a bunt single by Grace Collins.
Amanda Norman (3-1) took the loss for the Lakers, working a complete game and allowing just the one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three.
After Andrea Sauers delivered a two-run single in the second inning to put Mercyhurst up 2-1, the Bucs put up three runs in the third to regain the lead. Alyssa Goldsmith knocked in Collins with a single and Jessica Tabor followed with an RBI double. Shy plated Tabor with a two-out single.
In the seventh, the Lakers finally got to starter Mackin. After a double by Emily Redig and an error put two runners on, Samantha Eimers popped a three-run homer over the center field fence to give the Lakers a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Broeseker led off with a single and Collins moved her over with a sacrifice. Goldsmith delivered an RBI double to knot the game at 5-5. The Bucs loaded the bases on a error and a single by Brooke Asher, setting up Smith for the late-game heroics.
Megan Hopton (2-1) took the loss for Mercyhurst. She worked 3.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk.
The Bucs open Sunshine State Conference play in Melbourne, Fla., on Tuesday, Mar. 1, taking on the Florida Tech Panthers at Nancy Bottge Field starting at 2:00 pm.
(02/28/11 at Miami Shores, Fla.)
(Game 1)
Barry 1, Mercyhurst 0
Mercyhurst.......... 000 000 0 -  0  0  0      (8-3)
Barry.................... 000 010 X -  1  4  0      (9-4)
Pitchers: Mercyhurst - Amanda Norman and Jen Bower. Barry - Brianna Smith and Kayla Monroy.
Win-Brianna Smith(2-3)  Loss-Amanda Norman(3-1)  T-1:24 
(Game 2)
Barry 6, Mercyhurst 5
Mercyhurst.......... 020 000 3 -  5   7  3      (8-4)
Barry.................... 103 000 2 -  6 12  3      (10-4)
Pitchers: Mercyhurst - Kristi Janoske; Megan Hopton(4) and Jen Bower; Courtney Smith. Barry -
Paula Mackin; Brianna Smith(7) and Emma Dunlap.
Win-Brianna Smith(3-3)  Loss-Megan Hopton(2-1)  T-1:56  A-86
HR MC-S - Samantha Eimers (6).
Weather: amicable