Three-Run Seventh Lifts #8 Barry to Game One Win; Three-Run First Helps Barry Take Game Two
LAKELAND – Barry used a three-run seventh inning to pull off a 4-3, come-from-behind victory in game one, and carried that momentum into game two where a three-run first inning and three-run third led to a 6-2 win that gave the 8th-ranked Buccaneers a sweep of Florida Southern.
The Moccasins (21-7, 4-5 Sunshine State Conference) led 3-0 going into the sixth inning of game one Sunday, but the Buccaneers (25-5, 8-1) scored once in the top of the sixth and three times in the top of the seventh to earn the win. In game two, Barry scored six runs on nine hits in the first three innings and jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Mocs fought back and eventually brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the sixth.
In game one, the Moccasins used a Karlyn Scott bunt single leading off the bottom of the fourth inning to score their first run. After Randi Grimes moved her into scoring position with a ground out, Brittany Martin crossed up the defense with a bunt down the first base line that allowed Scott to score all the way from second on the sacrifice.
One inning later, the Mocs got a leadoff walk from Marty Wilcox and a single from Christie Bailey to put their first two hitters on base. Bailey was able to take second when the Bucs tried to throw Wilcox out at third, and both runners scored on a base hit by Steph Graziani.
Down 3-0, Barry started its comeback in the top of the sixth with a leadoff single by Sarah Broeseker, who was bunted to second and took third on an error. Brianna Smith singled her home, and the Bucs had their first run.
In the top of the seventh, Moccasin pitcher Christine Clark got the first out of the inning without incident, but back-to-back singles by pinch-hitter Julie Brito and Natalia Ojeda gave the Buccaneers life. Broeseker then came up with her second big hit in as many innings, lacing a double down the right field line that tied the game at three. Broeseker took third on the throw to the plate, and when Grace Collins bounced a ball toward middle that was fielded by Bailey, the Barry third baseman beat the throw to the plate to score the go-ahead run.
The three-run seventh made a winner of Alexis Yohe (9-2), who gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Clark fell to 14-4 with the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Barry jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game two, starting the game with singles by Broeseker and Collins, and scoring on singles by Smith and Brito, with a passed ball allowing another run to score. In the third, the Bucs again scored three runs on four hits, this time with an error mixed in as well. Brito picked up her second RBI of the game with a double that gave Barry a 4-0 lead, and Amber Durkin and Cassy Zamora followed her with run-scoring singles that made the score 6-0.
Florida Southern got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Bailey singled leading off the inning and was immediately knocked in with a double by Sam Gale. The Mocs then put together a much bigger threat in the sixth inning when they got the tying run to the plate.
Grimes started the sixth with a single into left and Barry pitcher Brianna Smith hit both Martin and Wilcox to load the bases with two out. An infield single by Bailey, her third hit of the game, brought in Grimes, but Smith got Gale to pop up for the final out, leaving three runners on base and the Bucs still ahead 6-2.
That proved to be the final score, with Smith picking up her second win of the series. She gave up eight hits, but held the Mocs to two runs with one strikeout and no walks. Smith was also able to work around eight hits in Saturday’s game, and combined with that 1-0 win, saw her record move to 13-3 on the season.
Lauren Wolfe took the loss for Florida Southern, falling to 5-3, though only three of the six runs against her were earned. She left in the third inning before Liana Derringer and Gale combined for 4.1 scoreless innings of relief. Gale was making her first appearance of the season in the pitcher’s circle and pitched the final three innings, allowing three hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Bailey was the Mocs' biggest hitter in the doubleheader, going 4-for-6 with one RBI and one run scored. She was 6-for-8 in the 3-game series. Graziani and Scott were the only other Moccasins with hits in both of Sunday's games, and Scott was 5-for-10 in the series to extend her hitting streak to 14 games.
Florida Southern also set a school record in Sunday's second game with 18 assists on 21 outs in the field. The previous 7-inning record was 17, set in 2007 against Florida Gulf Coast in the NCAA South Regional Tournament, and tied in 2008 against Wayne State (MI). The overall record is still 20, set in last year's 12-inning game with Nova Southeastern.
Florida Southern will play another doubleheader on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. when it travels to Lake Wales to face Warner University.