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BCC Softball Ekes Out Doubleheader Sweep of Lake-Sumter

March 14, 2013 - Brevard Community College's softball batters defied Thursday night's bone chilling cold to account for 25 hits and 1S runs in sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Lake-Sumter State College.

The 6-5 and 9-7 victories on the Palm Bay Campus improved BCC's record to 22-19. Lake-Sumter fell to 10-27.

Brooke Formby shook off allowing 12 Lake-Sumter hits and a two-run seventh inning rally to get the second-game win for BCC. She got ample offensive support in 11 Lady Titans hits. Cassie Boggs and Devin Williams had two hits each for BCC.

BCC won the first game in the bottom of the seventh when Nichole Mills' blooper eluded the Lake-Sumter leftfielder allowing pinch-hitter Formby, who had signled, to score.

BCC went ahead 5-3 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth but Lake-Sumter drew even on Lauren Barnard's two-run home run in the top of the seventh.

Kat Ammons banged out three hits to lead the 14-hit BCC attack that supported winning pitcher Shannen Marchu. Mills and Devin Williams added two hits apiece.

Lake-Sumter had 10 hits. BCC stranded 10 runners.

The teams last met Saturday, March 2 at Lake-Sumter and the Lady Titans were swept 8-3 and 15-7. Since then the Lady Titans have won nine out of their last 10 games.

But, much work remains to be done, and according BCC assistant coach Bob Yanczewski, in a short period of time.

"We're still making the same mistakes we made early the season and we must correct them in a hurry, like tomorrow (Friday)," Yanczewski said, referring in part to BCC's four errors in the second game.

"We'll work on it tomorrow and hopefully Saturday they are going to play with a little fire. The bats are there but the defense is not. We know as coaches what it's going to take to get them to the state tournament. The freshmen don't.

"They think because we're wining games it's going to get them there. It's not going to get them there. We must have a complete team. Offense. Defense.

"If we run into a pitcher who is hot and our offense goes and our defense plays like we've been playing we're not going to win anything. We're going nowhere."

The doubleheader was the final non-conference match-up for BCC, which now faces seven Florida College System Activities Southern Conference dates beginning at Broward College at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday.

BCC is 1-1 in conference. Broward is 1-3 and 7-15 overall.

BCC's next home doubleheader is Wednesday against Indian River State College at 4 and 6 p.m.

The top three teams in the Southern Conference advance to the state tournament in Pensacola the first week of May. BCC has reached the state tournament eight out of the last nine seasons.

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