Extra effort still leads to Firestix loss
By TERRY JONES
©St. Petersburg Times, published June 7, 1997
In the final inning, the Roadsters scored on a single to left by Melanie Murray that scored Michelle Carlson-Neveling. Kelley Green came home when catcher Beth Gerken made a bad throw into leftfield. It was the third extra-inning game for the Roadsters (5-1).
"We have a tremendous confidence to win in extra innings," Virginia coach Lynn O'Linski said. "We have been fortunate to get hits and runs late and have won all three."
Tampa Bay had its chance to come back in the10th. The bases were loaded with no out, but the Firestix popped out twice and hit into a force at home. They also stranded 15 runners, nine in scoring position.
Tampa Bay's Dee Dee Weiman allowed no runs on two hits through six innings. In the first, Laurie Gouthro came home on the fourth walk by Roadsters pitcher Ali Franzen. Tampa Bay added its second run in the fourth, when Amber Wright scored on a single to rightfield by Gina Perez. With two out, Wright singled to right-center and stole second. She moved to third on a single bunt by former University of South Florida teammate Gouthro. In the seventh, Virginia leadoff batter Gabby Guerrero walked to start a two-run rally. She moved to third on a single to right by Sandy Hanks. Guerrero came in on a single by Pricilla Welch and Hanks scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Michelle Carson.
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W -- Franzen (4-1). L -- Weiman (0-3). 2B -- Vir: Carlson-Neveling; TB: Parker. 3B -- TB: Parker. Virginia 5-1, Tampa Bay 0-6. Attendance -- 255.
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