LAND O'LAKES — Land O'Lakes pitcher Michelle Bradley struck out seven and got herself out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh to lead the Gators to a 3-0 victory over River Ridge on Tuesday night.
"It was a great team effort throughout and there was no one really who stood out from this one," Gators coach Jamie Martin said.
"These girls work hard and our second baseman (Tara Marshall) made a great play at the end and we fought tooth and nail to win tonight. It is not about how you start. It is about how you finish."
And in the start, the Royal Knights (2-1) posed an early scoring threat after loading the bases with two outs. But Marshall (97 pitches) got Royal Knights starting pitcher Ana Alberti to fly out to leftfield to end the inning.
The Gators (2-0) responded with a scoring threat in the bottom half of the inning and capitalized on a passed ball. Shortstop Samantha Adamo scored from third base after stealing second and moving to third on a throwing error.
Land O'Lakes tagged on runs in the bottom of the third and fifth innings. But the top of the seventh became pretty interesting, after Jessica Tamburi and Alberti singled to start off the inning and put the tying run at the plate.
Finishing strong would be the theme, as Bradley got the final three outs, with Brianna Rish's popout to end the game.