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Argonauts earn two wins to kick off 2013 season

West Florida shuts out Young Harris in opening weekend doubleheader

Senior Jordan Ratliff earned her first victory of the 2013 season on Saturday. (Photo by Bill Stockland)
Senior Jordan Ratliff earned her first victory of the 2013 season on Saturday. (Photo by Bill Stockland)

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball team held Young Harris scoreless for 13 innings en route to earning their first two wins of the 2013 season. The Argonauts tallied 21 hits and scored 11 runs in their first doubleheader of the season.

Game One Box Score

The bats came alive early for UWF in game one as the Argonauts defeated the Mountain Lions 8-0. Senior Kasie Buckley (Little Rock, Miss./East Central CC) drove in the first run of the season in the bottom of the first inning on a single up the middle. Buckley went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs in game one.

Junior outfielder Danielle Sanders (Leesburg, Fla./St. Petersburg College) brought in the second run of the game in the bottom of the second inning by drawing a RBI walk to bring in sophomore Jordan Camp (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley HS). Sanders had two stolen bases in game one. West Florida’s outstanding defense in the outfield was highlighted by a diving catch in center field by junior outfielder Audrey Harner (Celina, Ohio/Cypress College).

Senior pitcher Jordan Ratliff (Petersburg, Mich./Owens CC) was in cruise control through the first five innings, scattering two hits in her first appearance of the season. Ratliff’s experience and ability to get out of a jam on the mound showed in the top of the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, one out and a 3-2 count, Ratliff struck out the Young Harris batter before inducing a 5-3 putout to end the inning with the bases loaded.

“Jordan had a great performance today,” head coach Tami Cyr said. “She has a great ability to keep the ball down inside and outside. A lot of the Young Harris hitters were crowding the plate so we were able to bring it inside and make them pop it up and beat it in the ground. Plus she had total command of her changeup. She threw the changeup today on any count and was able to get the out.”

West Florida ended the game an inning early in the bottom of the sixth inning. After scoring three runs to extend the lead to seven, sophomore Aubrey Sumlin hit an RBI single through the right side to bring in the winning run to end the game after six innings.

Game Two Box Score

In game two UWF defeated YHC 3-0. Sophomore pitcher Taylor Bailey (Austin, Texas/University of Louisiana Monroe) lit up the Mountain Lions on the mound in her first career start for the Argos. Bailey struck out eight and allowed only one hit in the complete-game shutout.

“It felt great to get the first win, we have been working so hard this preseason and it feels great to get the victory,” Bailey said. “I can honestly say that this is one of the best outfields I have had behind me. They run down balls I’ve never seen before so having them behind me is huge.”

UWF struck early again as junior Hannah Dowling (Irvine, Calif./Santa Ana College) hit a RBI double down the left field line to bring in sophomore Bianca Lopez (Stuttgart, Germany/Patch American HS) and Harner. Harner drove in the third run of the game in the top of the second with a single to right field.

In the top of the fifth, Harner made a heads up in the play reaching second base on a fielding error. Harner broke out of the box with speed and reached second base before the Young Harris defender could put a glove on her.

West Florida will be back in action tomorrow morning as they wrap up opening weekend with a doubleheader against Southern Arkansas. First pitch will be at 9 a.m. at the UWF softball complex. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

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Game One
West Florida 8, Young Harris 0 (Feb 02, 2013 at Pensacola, Fla.)
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Young Harris........ 000 000 - 0 4 1 (1-2)
West Florida........ 110 114 - 8 13 1 (1-0)
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Pitchers: Young Harris - Katie-Jo Gentry; Brittany Henry(6) and Sarah Magill. West Florida - Jordan Ratliff and Hannah Camp.
Win-Jordan Ratliff(1-0) Loss-Katie-Jo Gentry T-1:57 A-106

Game Two
West Florida 3, Young Harris 0 (Feb 02, 2013 at Pensacola, Fla.
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West Florida........ 210 000 0 -  3  8  0      (2-0)
Young Harris........ 000 000 0 -  0  1  2      (1-2)|
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Pitchers: West Florida - Taylor Bailey and Jenna Belser. Young Harris - Darby Stanford and Sarah Magill.
Win-Taylor Bailey(1-0)  Loss-Darby Stanford  T-2:11  A-0

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