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Florida softball caps perfect run in pool play

GULFPORT — There's one word Bloomingdale major softball manager Jerry Schinella uses to describe Brianna Roman.

Clutch.

Just as she did in Saturday's 3-2 win over Georgia, Roman delivered Sunday against Unicoi County (Tennessee) at the Little League Southern Regional Tournament to lead Bloomingdale to a 2-1 victory. Bloomingdale finished 3-0 in Pool A.

With the bases loaded in the fifth and two outs, Roman's single to rightfield tied it at 1. When the throw to first base was wide of the target, Bree Schinella scampered around third and slid home an instant before the tag.

"When I was standing on base, I started tearing up because I was really happy that I did it again," said Roman, who provided Bloomingdale's winning hit for the third time in five games.

"She's come through three times in a row now," Schinella, the manager said. "It's absolutely amazing."

Reliever Savannah Bradley's wild pitch allowed Tennessee's only run in the third, but she settled down after that.

Bloomingdale starting pitcher Emily Whitworth earned her second tournament victory in two starts after lasting five innings and striking out seven batters.

South Carolina and Virginia play a makeup game at 10 a.m. today to finish Pool B. If South Carolina wins, it wins the pool. If Virginia wins, three teams will be tied atop the standings and run differential will determine which teams advance.

N. Carolina 10, Va. 2

Aided by four errors, North Carolina scored eight in the sixth to turn a 2-1 game into a runaway. Haylee Overholt pitched a complete game for North Carolina and struck out 11. She also hit a run-scoring double in the sixth to put North Carolina ahead 3-1.

W. Va. 4, Georgia 1

West Virginia didn't get a hit but capitalized on a number of Georgia miscues to avoid going winless. Tiffany Brown singled to score Mary Beth Wilson in the second to give Georgia a 1-0 lead. West Virginia responded with two runs in the fourth thanks to three hit batters, two walks and a passed ball. Pitcher Jessie Rowe scattered six hits and went the distance for West Virginia.

S. Carolina 10, Ala. 0

Amanda Storch had a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the final inning. Storch struck out 11 and also had three singles; her two-run single in the third ignited South Carolina, which would go on to score four in the inning to break the game open.

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Southern Regional

When/where: Today-Tuesday; Gulfport

Pool A

Bloomingdale LL (Fla.) 3-0

Unicoi County LL (Tenn.) 2-1

Wayne LL (W. Virginia) 1-2

Pioneer LL (Georgia) 0-3

Pool B

Simpsonville LL (S. Car.) 2-0

Franklin LL (N.Carolina) 2-1

Honaker LL (Virginia) 1-1

Phenix City LL (Alabama) 0-3

Today's makeup game:

S. Carolina vs. Virginia, 10 a.m.

Today's consolation games:

W. Virginia vs. Alabama, 30 minutes after makeup game; Georgia vs. Pool B No. 3, 30 minutes after that.

Today's semifinals:

Florida vs. Pool B No. 2, 5; Tennessee vs. Pool B No. 1, 7:30

Tuesday: Championship, 6

Directions: Heading south on I-275: Take Fifth Avenue N exit, at the end of the ramp turn right (west). Take Fifth to 58th Street and turn left (south). Go to Seventh Avenue S (the complex is on the left just past a cemetery).

Florida softball caps perfect run in pool play 07/27/08 [Last modified: Sunday, July 27, 2008 10:53pm]

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