Wednesday, March 21, 2012

3 Wins at The Smash Hit Tournament

The Smash Hit Tournament held in Beaufort, SC on the campus of USCB is a tournament which hosts twelve softball teams in a competition that covers two weeks (March 1-14).  SCAD's women were scheduled to play six games in the tournament, but because of bad weather they were only able to play three.  However, our Bees made the most of those 3 competitions by winning all of them.

Game 1: SCAD vs. Point

 SCAD took a 4-0 record to the tournament to face Point University in their first game.  It started poorly when in the 1st inning Point put four runs on the scoreboard.  But the Bees were able to score one of their own in their half of the first on a Nirana Singh homerun.

That was just a sampling of what was to take place in SCAD's 2nd inning.  With two outs and a runner on first, SCAD scored seven runs on six hits and a Point University error.  By the end of the fourth inning SCAD added six more runs to win the game after four and a half innings because of the ten-run rule.  Final Score - SCAD 14, Point 4.

Five Bees accounted for ten of SCAD's twelve hits - Nirana Singh, Jessaca Spears, Brittany Gonzales, Olivia Kline, and Krista Ross each had two hits in the game.

Game 2: SCAD vs. Georgetown

The second SCAD game of the tournament pitted the Bees against Georgetown College of Kentucky.  It proved to be a pitcher's duel until the top of the seventh.  SCAD, behind the pitching of Olivia Kline carried a 2-0 lead into the 7th.  One of those runs came on a homerun by Nirana Singh, her second in as many games.

Georgetown rallied in their last inning to take the SCAD lead away.  A double, single, hit-by-pitch, another single, and two errors in the inning, gave Georgetown a 4-2 lead going into SCAD's final inning.

The Bees wasted no time.  Kiara Boccia led off the inning with a double, bringing the tying run to the plate.  Sarah Halliwell pinched hit and reached on an error.  Singh followed with a single - and SCAD was in business.  Kylie Rash plated the tying run with a single and so SCAD had the winning run on third with no outs.  Jessaca Spears had an infield hit, but Singh could not advance from third.  That brought Brittany Gonzales to the plate with nobody out.  She did not hesitate, nor did she waste the opportunity.  She hit a game-winning single to left field.  Final score - SCAD 5, Georgetown 4.

Game 3: SCAD vs. Findlay University

What would be SCAD's last game in the tournament looked from the start to be a pitcher's duel.  Sydnee Schorr was on the mound for the Bees.  There were nothing but zeros on the scoreboard going into the 4th inning.  However, Findlay's leadoff hittter that inning connected on a Schorr offering for a homerun and a 1-0 lead.  That hit was one of only four hits that Schorr gave up all day.

SCAD bounced back in their half of the fourth.  Not to be outdone, SCAD's leadoff hitter of the inning, Jessaca Spears, answered the call and with one swing tied the game with her own homerun.  The fifth inning proved to be the deciding inning of the game.  Kayla Myles led off with a single and then advanced to second on Singh's ground out.  Taylor Thomas plated Myles with a single.  That was all SCAD needed.  Schorr finished the game and SCAD won their final Smash Hit tournament game 2-1.

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