Softball Goes Extra Innings To Beat Panthers

Natalia Ojeda made a game-saving play in the ninth and scored the game-winner in the 10th. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
MELBOURNE, Fla.—Brianna Smith pitched her third consecutive shutout, striking out 12, as the Barry Buccaneers opened up Sunshine State Conference softball action with a 3-0 win over Florida Tech in 10 innings on Tuesday at Nancy Bottge Field.
 
The Bucs (11-4, 1-0 SSC) scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning. Natalia Ojeda led off with a walk and went to second on a sacrifice by Sarah Broeseker. Grace Collins ripped a ground ball to Kara Dickinson at second base but the ball went under her glove and into right field, allowing Ojeda to score. After singles by Alyssa Goldsmith and Jessica Tabor loaded the bases, Smith lined a shot off the glove of Emily Densem at first base for an error and Collins and Goldsmith scored.
 
Smith (4-3) matched zeros with Tech pitcher Brianna Barth (5-5) through nine innings. Smith scattered six hits and three walks and struck out a career-high 12 batters. Barth, who allowed three runs (one earned), gave up 12 hits and walked eight, but struck out 14.
 
Collins and Goldsmith both had three hits and scored a run. Smith had two hits and had the only RBI. Densem had two hits for Tech (10-9, 0-1 SSC).
 
The series concludes on Wednesday, Mar. 2 with a doubleheader starting at 1:00 pm.
 
(03/01/11 at Melbourne, Fla.)
Barry 3, Florida Tech 0
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Barry...................  000 000 000 3 -  3 12  2      (11-4, 1-0 SSC)
Florida Tech........ 000 000 000 0 -  0   6  4      (10-9, 0-1 SSC)
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Pitchers: Barry - Brianna Smith and Kayla Monroy. Florida Tech - Brianna Barth and Lani Ankiel.
Win-Brianna Smith(4-3)  Loss-Brianna Barth(5-5)  T-3:04  A-48
Weather: beastly
 

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