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Clutch hit keeps Bloomingdale softball perfect

GULFPORT — Game-winning hits are becoming commonplace for Bloomingdale's Brianna Roman.

With the score tied at 2 in the fifth inning Saturday and runners on first and second, Roman blooped a two-out single into shallow centerfield to score the go-ahead run in Florida's 3-2 victory over Pioneer (Ga.) at the Southern Regional Tournament.

At the state tournament last weekend, Roman batted home the go-ahead run in a 7-6 semifinal round victory.

"Brianna came up huge with two outs," Bloomingdale manager Jerry Schinella said.

Bloomingdale's Shannon Bell beat out a grounder to shortstop to lead off the fifth. After Bree Schinella bunted Bell to second, Roman delivered with two strikes.

"There was a lot of pressure," Roman said. "I was just praying that I would get on."

The victory assures Bloomingdale (2-0) a spot in the region semifinals Monday.

Georgia (0-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Kari Kinser singled home a run and Mary Beth Wilson followed with an RBI double. But those would be the only two runs scored off Bloomingdale starter Schinella, who struck out eight and allowed just one hit after the first inning to earn the complete-game victory.

"Today was the first day we've been behind in 11 games," Schinella, the manager, said.

Bloomingdale got a run back in the first inning after Bell led off with a triple and Sam Selden singled Bell home with two outs.

Schinella worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning to close out the win.

S.C. 6, N.C. 2

Carley Hoover pitched a no-hitter to lead South Carolina. Hoover struck out nine and shut out North Carolina (1-1) through five innings before allowing two unearned runs in the sixth.

Virginia 8, Alabama 0

Virginia's Emily Kendrick and Alex Bartley combined to shut out Alabama. Kendrick started and pitched an inning before giving way to Bartley, who held Alabama (0-2) scoreless over the final five innings.

Tenn. 3, W. Virginia 0

McKenzie Ferguson pitched a complete game for Tennessee and allowed only three hits. Cheyenne Delffs' RBI groundout scored the first run for Tennessee (2-0) in the first inning. Back-to-back doubles later in the inning from Shea Pearson and Ashley Starnes scored another run.

Clutch hit keeps Bloomingdale softball perfect 07/26/08 [Last modified: Sunday, July 27, 2008 12:02am]
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