Indian River State Sweeps BCC In Softball Doubleheader
By Space Coast Daily // March 21, 2013
Titans Host Broward College On Saturday
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard Community College’s softball team played nationally No. 1-ranked Indian River State College tough on Wednesday, but came up short dropping both ends of a doubleheader, 8-7 and 10-6 on the Palm Bay Campus.
The losses knocked BCC out of a first-place tie with Indian River in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference and dropped its conference record to 3-3. BCC is 24-21 overall. Indian River improved to 5-1 in conference and 31-6 overall.
Indian River won the first game by scoring six runs in the third inning, building a 7-0 lead and then holding off a two-out BCC rally in the bottom of the seventh.
BCC trailed 8-4 with two outs. It then scored three runs and had two runners on when A.J. DeVeny lifted a fly ball to deep centerfield that looked as though it could tie or win the game. However, Indian River centerfielder Naomi Stevens ranged back on the ball and reached over the fence to snag the final out.
BCC banged out 15 hits but left 13 runners on base. Cassie Boggs and Kat Ammons had three hits apiece for BCC while losing pitcher Shannen Marchu and DeVeny had two apiece.
Devin Williams had a triple for BCC.
Indian River had 11 hits – Alexandra Ortiz collecting three – but stranded only four runners. Rebekha Kaiser got the victory.
In the second game, Indian River scored nine runs on 11 hits and a costly BCC error over the final three innings to rally from a 3-1 deficit.
Indian River finished the second game with 18 hits to 11 for BCC. Indian River stranded 10 runners in the second game as did BCC. The Titans left 23 runners on base in the two games.
There were bright spots for BCC. Boggs, the nation’s NJCAA Division I hits leader, had four hits in the second game and seven on the night. Ammons, who is second nationally in hits to Boggs had four singles over the two games. Cordell also had four hits for the night.
“They were two tough losses but we’re building off of those tough losses,” BCC assistant coach Bob Yanczewski said. “Does it hurt? Yes it hurts.
“We’ve got to play again Saturday. We’ve got to keep pushing on. Can we play against the No. 1 team? I thought we gave them a battle. I thought they were two good games. Let’s move on and play. There’s a lot of positive stuff.
“This is what it’s all about. This is a team that down the road, we’re going to meet again. For us that’s what we want, we want to play them in the end, or anybody that is supposed to be of their caliber. Our kids fought tooth and nail to the end. We didn’t give up tonight. There was no give.”
Indian River’s Alexandra Ortiz also finished the night with seven hits in two games and made several key plays defensively at third base.
Brooke Formby took the loss for BCC in the second game.
Next up for BCC is a visit to Palm Beach at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday.
It then visits Miami Dade at 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28.
The Titans will host Broward College at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, then visit Indian River State at 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, and conclude the regular season at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13 by hosting Palm Beach State College.