March 2, 2013
CLEARWATER, FLA. -
The Providence College softball team (3-6) defeated Quinnipiac, 5-2, and lost to Florida Gulf Coast, 10-2, on Sat., March 2 in Clearwater, Fla. at the USF Under Armour Invitational.
In the Friars first game of the day, they defeated Quinnipiac, 5-2, in extra innings. Quinnipiac was the first to bring in a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Providence matched the run in the sixth. Freshman Kiarra Baldassari (Denville, N.J.) bunted to get on base with two outs, and she reached home two batters later off a single from sophomore Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.).
Later in the eighth inning the pair teamed up again. Dederick hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Baldassari. The Bobcats were able to tie the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the inning to send the game into nine innings.
In the ninth, junior Marie Flego (Little Silver, N.J.) hit a double to bring in sophomore Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.) to start the inning. Senior Jessie Bryant (Marlborough, Mass.) was brought in to pinch hit a few batters later and hit a homerun to bring Flego home and put the Friars up 5-2 headed into the bottom of the inning. Providence gave up one hit before three consecutive batters were put out to seal the victory.
Freshman Kiara Amos (Malden, Mass.) pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and recording four strikeouts.
Providence lost its second game of the day to Florida Gulf Coast, 10-2, in five innings. FGCU scored seven runs in the first two innings to give them the lead, and added two more in the fourth and one run in the bottom of the fifth. Baldassari scored the Friar’s first run in the top of the first inning off a single hit by sophomore Sarah Kitterman (Houston, Texas). The second run came the following inning. Harrell singled to get on base, and scored the run off a hit by Baldassari. Junior Emily O’Keefe (Southington, Conn.) tallied the loss.
The Friars will play their last game of the tournament on Sun., March 3 against Illinois. The two teams met last season at the USF Under Armour Invitational, with the Fighting Illini defeating the Friars, 3-1.
Following the tournament, the Friars will stay in Florida to take on Bethune Cookman in a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. on Wed., March 6 at Daytona Beach.