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BCC Softball Sweeps Broward Behind Formby, Lopez

April 6, 2013 - Brevard Community College swept a key Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference doubleheader from Broward College on the Palm Bay Campus on Saturday, winning 5-2 and 6-0.

The victories improved BCC's conference record to 7-5 with four conference games remaining, strengthening its hold on the third and final qualifying spot for the NJCAA Division I Region 8A/FCSAA Atlantic District tournament May 2-5 in Pensacola.

Also on Saturday Miami Dade moved into first place past Indian River State by sweeping the visiting Pioneers. Miami is 10-3 in the conference, Indian River 9-3.

"The kids gave it a battle after a week and a half off," BCC assistant coach Bob Yanczewski said. We were a little rusty at first. Broward gave us a good game. At this point of the season good games is what we need to get.

"We set our goal – May 2-5 to be in the state tournament. We need to be mentally ready for that."

BCC's sweep moved its overall record to 28-23. Fourth-place Broward fell to 3-11 and 10-26. Fifth-place Palm Beach State was 2-9 in conference heading into Saturday.

Brooke Formby limited Broward to five hits in winning the second game. BCC rapped out 10 hits, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after three innings.

BCC collected 12 hits in winning the first game, Bri Seaman leading the way with three hits with Nichole Mills and Jamie Cordell recording two apiece.

Formby, who relieved starting pitcher Shannen Marchu in the fifth inning, picked up the first-game victory as well.

BCC built a 2-0 in the second inning but Broward scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to tie it at 2-2. BCC scored once in the fifth and twice in the sixth for the final margin.

Manya Lopez finished the day with four hits and six RBIs for BCC. Seaman also had four hits.

"Manya had a heck of a day, she was focused," Yanczewski said. "She was our leader today. It's a freshman coming in and stepping up. Plus Brooke came in and settled the game down and pitched a heck of a second game too."

BCC's Cassie Boggs went 2-for-8 on the day to collect her NJCAA Division I national-best 91st and 92nd hits. Kat Ammons drove Boggs in in the sixth inning of the second game for her national-best 74th RBI.

BCC plays a doubleheader at Indian River on Tuesday and finishes the regular season at home on the Palm Bay Campus against Palm Beach State on Saturday, April 13.