Buccaneers Split Softball Doubleheader With Bobcats

Buccaneers Split Softball Doubleheader With Bobcats
Alexis Yohe snuffed out a bases-loaded, one-out jam i the 8th inning to preserve the win in game two. Photo by Joel Auerbach.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.—The 15th-ranked Barry Buccaneers split a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with the St. Thomas Bobcats at Bobcat Field, losing 1-0 in game one and bouncing back to take the nightcap 6-4 in eight innings.

In the second game, the Bucs built a 3-1 lead. After giving up a run on a Natalie Sacramento RBI double in the fourth, the Bucs (12-3) came back with two in the fifth. Cassy Samora was hit by a pitch and Natalia Ojeda followed with a single. After a sacrifice moved runners to second and third, Zamora broke for home with the squeeze on. The Bucs could not get the bunt down, but Bobcat catcher Danielle Borelli threw the ball away on the run-down and Zamora scored. Ojeda came in when Grace Collins singled up the middle.

The Bucs got another run in the sixth when Julie Brito scored on an error by second baseman Carissa Albiza.

The Bobcats (2-7) tied the game in the seventh, putting the first two batters on. One out later, Sasha Horton, who had four hits on the day, doubled in both runs to knot the game at 3-3.

Barry scored three in the eighth on no hits. With tie-breaker runner Amber Durkin on second, Kelly Martinez dropped down a bunt to move her over. The Bobcats tried for Durkin at third, however, and failed to record the out. As Martinez swiped second, the throw got away, allowing Durkin to trot home. After Martinez was bunted to third, Zamora was hit by a pitch and stole second. Ojeda dropped down the squeeze to bring in Martinez and Zamora round when the throw from pitcher Kaitlin Shortt (0-3) got away from Borrelli.

The Bobcat made it interesting in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with one out against Barry starter Paula Mackin (3-0). But Alexis Yohe came in to snuff out the rally to earn her first save. She gave up a run on a fielder’s choice, then got Carley Distasio to ground out to end the game.

Mackin gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits and four walks and struck out four. Shortt took the loss, allowing six runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks. The Bobcats made seven errors.

In the first game, Albiza’s RBI single in the third was the only run as Brenda Emerson (2-2) out-dueled Brianna Smith (5-2) for the 1-0 win.

Emerson shutout the Bucs for the first time this year on three hits and three walks and struck out one. Smith allowed seven hits and walked two while striking out four.

The Bucs’s doubleheader with Northwood, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25, was cancelled by the Seahawks. No makeup is scheduled at this time. The Bucs next take on the Mercyhurst Lakers on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 4:00 pm at Buccaneer Field.

 (02/25/12 at Miami Gardens, FL)
St. Thomas 1, Barry 0 (Game 1)
Barry................... 000 000 0 -  0  3  0      (11-3)
St. Thomas.......... 001 000 X -  1  7  1      (2-6)

Pitchers: Barry - Brianna Smith and Kayla Monroy. St. Thomas - Emerson, Brenda and Borrelli, Danielle.
Win-Emerson, Brenda(2-2)  Loss-Brianna Smith(5-2)  T-1:37 
Weather: Murky

Barry 6, St. Thomas 4 (Game 2)
Barry................... 000 021 03 -  6  8  2      (12-3)
St. Thomas.......... 000 100 21 -  4  8  7      (2-7)

Pitchers: Barry - Paula Mackin; Alexis Yohe(8) and Kayla Monroy. St. Thomas - Shortt, Kaitlin and Borrelli, Danielle.
Win-Paula Mackin(3-0)  Save-Alexis Yohe(1)  Loss-Shortt, Kaitlin(0-3)  T-1:57  A-73
Weather: uninspired