Softball Sweeps Twinbill From Bobcats

Softball Sweeps Twinbill From Bobcats
Smith tossed her 11th shutout of the season to tie for the national lead. Photo by Joel Auerbach.

MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The fourth-ranked Barry Buccaneers swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from the St. Thomas Bobcats 2-1 and 5-0 at Buccaneer Field on Tuesday evening.

In the first game, the Bobcats (6-15) struck first, scoring on a Danielle Borrelli groundout in the second inning. But the Bucs answered back in the bottom of the frame as Julie Brito doubled to lead off and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kayla Monroy.

The Bucs (33-7) pushed across the winning run in the sixth. Jessica Tabor singled to start things off and Cassy Zamora came in to run. After a bunt moved her to second, Zamora swiped third and Kelly Martinez slapped a single past the third baseman to bring her home.

Alexis Yohe (12-3) picked the win for the Bucs. She went the distance, surrendering a run on four hits and two walks and struck out five. Brenda Emerson (6-5) took the loss. She gave up four hits, walked three and struck out three.

In the nightcap, the Bucs built a 5-0 lead and Brianna Smith (18-4) held on for her 11th shutout of the season, tying her for the national lead with two other pitchers. Smith scattered four hits and did not issue a walk. She struck out six.

Grace Collins got the ball rolling for the Bucs. after reaching on a fielder’s choice in the first inning, she promptly swiped second and third and came home when catcher Natalie Sacramento’s throw sailed into left field.

In the second, Collins, Smith and Tabor hit singles to open the frame, with Tabor knocking in Collins. After she got two outs, Bobcat pitcher Denise Prieto (0-3) proceeded to walk Amber Durkin and Martinez to force in smith.

Barry tacked on two more in the fourth. Collins doubled into left center and took third when Borrelli mishandled the ball. Smith walked and both advanced on a passed ball by Sacramento, with Smith ending up at third. Alyssa Goldsmith cashed in the run with a sacrifice fly.

Prieto worked six innings, allowing eight hits and eight walks. Three of her five runs were earned.

The Bucs travel to Winter Park, Fla., on Thursday and Friday this week to face three-time defending Sunshine State Conference champs, the Rollins Tars. Thursday’s doubleheader starts at 4:00 pm, while the single game on Friday begins at noon. All games can be heard on the Buccaneer Broadcasting Network through GameCentral powered by Stretch Internet on

 (04/03/12 at Miami Shores, FL)
Barry 2, St. Thomas 1 (Game 1)
St. Thomas.......... 010 000 0 -  1  4  0      (6-14)
Barry.................. 010 001 X -  2  4  1      (32-7)

Pitchers: St. Thomas - Brenda Emerson and Danielle Borrelli. Barry - Alexis Yohe and Kayla Monroy.
Win-Alexis Yohe(12-3)  Loss-Brenda Emerson(6-5)  T-1:40 
Weather: incandescent

Barry 5, St. Thomas 0 (Game 2)
St. Thomas.......... 000 000 0 -  0  4  2      (6-15)
Barry.................. 102 200 X -  5  8  0      (33-7)
Pitchers: St. Thomas - Denise Prieto and Natalie Sacramento. Barry - Brianna Smith and Kayla Monroy.
Win-Brianna Smith(18-4)  Loss-Denise Prieto(0-3)  T-1:43  A-119
Weather: scorching