Softball Swats Yellowjackets

Softball Swats Yellowjackets
Ashley Likens homered, doubled and drove in six. Photo by JC Ridley.
PHOENIX, Ariz.—The Barry Buccaneers swatted the Montana State-Billings Yellowjackets 8-3 at Rose Mofford Park in the 2008 NCAA Division II Lead Off Classic Thursday night.

Ashley Likens homered, doubled and drove in six runs, while Megan Young (2-2) added a solo homer and tossed a complete game to earn the win.

Likens broke open a scoreless game in the third inning, lacing a Rebekah Tsatsa (0-1) fastball over the fence in left field for a three-run homer.

With the Bucs up 4-1 in the fourth inning, Likens came to bat with the bases loaded and launched a double into the right-center field gap to make it 7-1.

Young’s blast, a towering shot to right field, capped the scoring for the Bucs (5-2).

The Yellowjackets (0-1) had a couple of infield hits in the seventh inning and took advantage of a bad-hop single that caught Likens in the mouth to score a pair of runs and trim the lead to the final margin.

Young gave up seven hits, but did not walk a batter, allowing three runs (two earned) and struck out five. Tsatsa worked 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs, all earned, on seven hits and a walk, while recordin one strikeout.

The Bucs face the Coyotes of Cal State San Bernardino on Friday before heading into bracket play.

(02/14/2008 at Phoenix, Ariz.)
Barry 8, Montana St. Billings 3
Montana St. Billings… 000 100 2 - 3  7 1 (0-1)
Barry.............................. 003 410 X - 8 12 1 (5-2)
Pitchers: Montana St. Billings - Tsatsa,Rebekah; Trenary,Lindsey(4). Barry - Megan Young.
Win-Megan Young(2-2) Loss-Tsatsa,Rebekah(0-1) T-1:59 A-143
HR BUS - Ashley Likens (1); Megan Young (1).
Weather: Splendid