Softball Sweeps Knights To Close Regular Season

Softball Sweeps Knights To Close Regular Season
Sarah Broeseker went 5-for-6 with three walks in the twinbill. Photo by Joel Auerbach.

BOCA RATON, Fla.—The Barry Buccaneers overcame some defensive problems to post a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader softball sweep of the Lynn Fighting Knights at the McCusker Sports Complex on Sunday winning game one 10-9 and the finale 5-3.

In the opener, the Bucs (33-12, 18-5 SSC) jumped out to an 8-0 lead at the top of the third inning. Sarah Broeseker, who went five-for-six in the twinbill, and Grace Collins reached base to open the game and Jessica Tabor delivered a two-run single.

Paula Mackin walked to start the second and Broeseker knocked her in with a two-out single.

In the third, the Bucs scored five runs with two outs. With the bases loaded, Cassy Zamora and Natalia Ojeda delivered back-to-back RBI singles and Broeseker drew a walk to force in another run. Two runs scored on a error by the Lynn second baseman.

The wheels started to come off for the Bucs in the bottom of the third as the Knights scored six runs on five hits and three Buccaneer errors.

In the fourth, the Knights (10-42, 5-19 SSC) took the lead as Barry committed three more errors, including a costly dropped fly ball that allowed the go-ahead run to score.

The Knights led 9-8 heading into the seventh inning and had two outs when Alyssa Goldsmith drew a two-out walk off Knight starter Marianne Johnson (2-12). Tabor laced a ball into right field that Callie Darlin made a diving attempt to catch, but it skipped past her all the way to the wall. Goldsmith rounded to tie the game at 9-9 and Tabor trotted home when Brianna Smith’s ball went through the legs of the second baseman into right field.

Smith (16-8) went to distance to earn the win. She allowed nine runs, though only three were earned, on eight hits. She struck out nine batters, including six in a row from the fourth to the sixth innings, and did not walk a batter. Johnson, who also went the distance, took the loss allowing 10 runs on 10 hits and nine walks.

In the nightcap, Goldsmith and Zamora each drove in two runs during a four-run second inning to power the Bucs to a 5-3 win. Zamora knocked the second pitch she saw from Darlin over the wall in left center for her first career home run, while Goldsmith singled in Broeseker and Collins after a double and single, respectively.

Collins earned the first run for the Bucs in the first inning. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, she swiped second and third and came home on a throwing error by catcher Jordan Angel.

Mackin (12-3) worked all seven innings for the win, giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits and a three walks. Darlin (6-24) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks. Both pitchers collected one strike out.
In addition to Broeseker’s five-for-six day, Collins had four hits and scored three runs, stealing four bases. Mackin and Tabor both had three hits. Tabor, who had two doubles, and Zamora each drove in three.

The Bucs now await word on an NCAA Regional bid. Bids are announced on May 9.

(05/01/11 at Boca Raton, Fla.)
(Game 1)
Barry 10, Lynn 9
Barry............... 215 000 2 - 10 10 7 (32-12, 17-5 SSC)
Lynn................ 006 300 0 - 9 8 3 (10-41, 5-18 SSC)
Pitchers: Barry - Brianna Smith and Emma Dunlap. Lynn - Marianne Johnson and Jordan Angel.
Win-Brianna Smith(16-8) Loss-Marianne Johnson(2-12) T-2:06
Weather: dazzling

(Game 2)
Barry 5, Lynn 3
Barry............... 140 000 0 - 5 10 3 (33-12, 18-5 SSC)
Lynn................ 001 200 0 - 3 6 1 (10-42, 5-19 SSC)
Pitchers: Barry - Paula Mackin and Kayla Monroy. Lynn - Callie Darlin and Jordan Angel.
Win-Paula Mackin(12-3) Loss-Callie Darlin(6-24) T-1:41 A-134
HR BU - Cassy Zamora (1).
Weather: dazzling