SANFORD, Florida - The #5 Raiders (6-1) swept #10 South Florida (7-3) on Friday to move to 6-1 on the season. In both game, the team had to come back in the last innings, as they fell behind early to the Panthers.
In the first game, the Raiders won 5-2. The Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th. They scored two runs in the first inning and hit a two-run home run in the top of the 4th. But the Raiders cut the lead to 4-3 in their half of the inning. After back to back singles by Amy Lee and Chelsea Peace to lead off the inning, Kelsi Smith hit a double, scoring Lee. Chloe French later hit a sacrifice fly to plate Peace and cut the lead to one run.
SSC took a 5-4 lead the next inning, on a 2-run homer by Peace. But the Panthers tied it up in the top of the 6th. A one-out single followed a two-out double and tied the game at 5-5. Samantha Guider who had started the game for the Raiders, was relieved with two outs. Marrisa Adame came in to retire the final batter in the inning with the go ahead run at third.
With one out in the bottom of the 6th the Raiders started their rally. Pinch hitter Michelle Decker ripped a single to left field. After a fly out to center for the second out, Amy Lee picked up her second hit of the game, a single to left center to put runners at first and second and bringing Peace to the plate. Peace hit a single up the middle, scoring pinch runner Lexi Koch from second for the go ahead run. An insurance run was knocked in by Smith and put the team up 7-5 heading in to the final at bat for the Panthers. Adame shut down the side and the Raiders came away with a 7-5 win.
Adame (2-1) got the win, going 1.1 IP. Guider’s line was 5.2 IP 10 hits 5 runs (5 ER) and 2 K’s. Peace (3-4, HR 3 RBI), Lee ( 2-3, 2 runs) and Smith (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI’s) led the 13-hit offensive attack.
The second game was just as dramatic, as the Raiders scored in only one inning, a five-run 6th to capture the 5-2 win. The Panthers took a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th, but SSC sent 9 batters to the plate and was helped out by a defensive error with bases loaded. The inning started with three consecutive singles by Chloe French, Gabi LoPresti and Breanna LaClair. A walk to Payton Germer brought home the first run. Taylor Langworthy then hit a groundball to second base, but the ball was misplayed allowing another run to score. After consecutive force outs at home, Kelsi Smith came to the plate with two outs. Her bloop double down the rightfield line was just enough to drop in front of the diving outfielder and scored all three runs, giving the Raiders a 5-2 lead. Once again, Adame was brought in to shut down the panthers in the final at bat, giving her first save of the season. Gabi LoPresti, who was middle relief, picked up the win, as she went two innings, allowing one run (ER) on one hit. Jenae Fedowa started the game on the mound. Her line was 4 IP, 5 hits, 1 run (ER).
The offense was led by Smith (1-3, 2B, 3 RBI’s), Lee ( 2-3, SB) and LaClair ( 2-3).
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