Buc-ing the Trend; Softball Blanks Barry

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's softball team was carried on the arm of Kayla Sheffield as the junior hurler tossed a pair of complete game shutouts in the squad's 9-0, 2-0 doubleheader sweep of Barry University on Wednesday.  This marks the first back-to-back shutouts against the Buccaneers in program history while the 9-0 win is the largest margin of victory. 

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score:
Game 1 – Lynn 9, Barry 0 (5 innings); Game 2 – Lynn 2, Barry 0
Records: Lynn (11-15, 2-4 SSC), Barry (9-18, 4-5 SSC)
Location: Lynn Softball Field | Boca Raton, Fla.
Series history: Lynn trails 51-21 (won two of three in 2018)
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STATS OF THE GAME:

  • Game 1
    • Lynn capitalized on the wildness of Buccaneers starter Andrea Johnson (2-7), who walked five, hit two batters and threw six wild pitches.
    • The Blue and White scored two runs in the first, four in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth to earn the run-ruled victory.
    • Mackenzie Wyatt went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored.
    • Elizabeth Diaz joined Wyatt with a multi-hit day, going 2-for-2 with two runs driven in.
    • Sheffield helped herself out with a 1-for-2 day with two RBIs and two runs scored.
    • Shayle Arenson reached base all three plate appearances, going 1-for-1 with two walks, one run scored and one RBI.
    • Natalie Costero also drove in a run.
    • Sheffield allowed just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts over five shutout innings.
  • Game 2
    • Lynn did all its damage in the first inning, scoring twice.  Arenson and Costero drove in a run apiece with two-out base hits.
    • Sheffield carried over her game one success into game two, allowing just one hit over seven shutouts innings with a walk and four K's.
    • Diaz was 2-for-3 from the plate.
    • Arenson and Mia Veliz scored runs for Lynn.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • This is the first time in program history the Fighting Knights have shut out the Buccaneers in a consecutive games.  Lynn did blank Barry twice in 2001 but in two separate two-game series.
  • The Blue and White have taken the season series against Barry for the last four years. (9-3).
  • Lynn's nine runs are the most against Barry since 2016 while the 9-0 win is the largest margin of victory over the Buccaneers.
  • Sheffield leads the SSC with six complete game shutouts.  She has three more than the next pitcher.
  • Lynn's run-rule against Barry was its firsts since an 8-0 win against Kentucky on Feb. 22, 2018.
  • Wyatt collected her team-leading seventh multi-hit game of the year.  It is the second three-hit outing of the season and third of her career.
  • Sheffield is allowing a mere 2.5 hits in her six complete game shutouts.
  • Diaz recorded her first two multi-hit games of the season.
  • Costero and Arenson are tied for the team-lead with 10 RBIs apiece.
  • Sheffield's four strikeouts in game two are the most since she fanned five against East Stroudsburg on Feb. 9.

UP NEXT:
The Fighting Knights have little time to bask in their glory as they hit the road to battle Florida Southern for a three-game series beginning on Friday, Mar. 8, at 6 p.m.  Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com.