MIAMI SHORES, Fla. –
The Nova Southeastern University softball went 1-1 against the Barry Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon in Miami Shores, Florida to complete their first Sunshine State Conference series of the season. The first game ended 9-3 in favor of the Bucs, while the Sharks took game two by a 6-2 margin. The Sharks now sit at 6-9 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while the Buccaneers are 2-4 in the SSC and 5-9 on the season.
Game One - Barry 9, NSU 3
The Sharks struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second. Megan Granitto
led off the inning with a bloop single to shallow right field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Roe
. After Megan Maloney
walked, Sydney Lageyre
drove in Granitto with another bloop single, just past the first baseman and Mary Acosta
laced a single down left-field line to score Maloney, though Lageyre was thrown out trying to advance to third.
It didn't take Bucs long to respond, as they took the lead thanks to three runs in their bottom half of the inning. They placed runners on the corners with a sharp line drive that hit off Lexie Storrer
's glove and scored on a grounder to Lageyre at shortstop when she tried to get the out at the plate. Two more runs scored on singles, but the Sharks got the third out at the plate to end the damage.
In the top of the third, another Granitto single scored Dana Edmundson
, who singled up the middle and advanced on a Dakota Villella
sac bunt, as the Sharks tied the game at 3-apiece.
However, the Sharks allowed Barry to regain the lead in the bottom of the third, an inning that started with a double and a bunt single to once again put runners on the corners. An RBI groundout scored the go-ahead run and another fielder's choice attempt at the plate provided some insurance with the score now 5-3.
The game would stay in this position for a few innings until the Bucs added four more in the sixth to pad the cushion and bring the game to its 9-3 final score.
Granitto got the loss for the Sharks, falling to 0-2 on the year, while Geneva Santos earned the win for Barry, her first decision of the season.
Game Two - NSU 6, Barry 2
In the second game, the Sharks once again struck first, but not until the fourth inning. Until then, the defense, particularly that of Dana Edmundson
, was on display. She showed off her arm in the first, with a laser to the plate to throw out a Bucs runner trying to score in the first inning, then showed off her range in the third, covering quite a bit of territory to make two shoestring catches.
The offense showed up in a big way in the fourth, as Megan Maloney
and Sydney Lageyre
both lined triples to the same gap in right-center field to score the first two runs. The Buccaneers brought in a new pitcher after the second triple, and her first pitch hit the backstop, allowing Lageyre to score. Mary Acosta
extended the inning with a four-pitch walk, and after advancing to second on a sacrifice by Edmundson, she stole third and came around to score on the errant throw by the catcher.
The Sharks added to their lead the next inning, as Storrer led off with a single and Roe and Maloney followed up with back-to-back walks to load the bases. The four-pitch walk to Maloney forced another change in the circle, but Geneva Santos wasn't as sharp as she was in her game one victory. After a groundout got the runner at the plate, the Sharks again drew back-to-back walks, including another on four pitches by Acosta, to bring in two more runs.
Storrer, to her credit, was also dominant in the circle, in addition to her pair of singles. She sent the Barry hitters down in order in three of her seven innings in the complete game victory, and only allowed a pair of runs to score in the sixth inning. That didn't faze her, however, as she shut the door on any hope of a Bucs comeback with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
With the win, Storrer evens her season record to 4-4, while Christie Falcon took the loss for Barry, falling to 1-4.
The Sharks will return to action next weekend, when they welcome the defending conference champion Saint Leo Lions to the A.D. Griffin Complex for a three-game series. Game one will be Friday at 6 p.m. ET, and the doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday. For complete coverage of the action, log onto NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_Softball.
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