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Delta shortstop Taylor Barsi tags out Santa Rosa's Samantha Bartee at second base during the second inning Tuesday at the Bucky Layland Softball Complex.CALIXTRO ROMIAS/The Record
By Scott Niendorf March 26, 2014 Record Correspondent
STOCKTON - Delta College softball coach Jim Fisher has seen his Mustangs start slowly of late.
On Tuesday, the Mustangs gave up three runs in the first inning against Santa Rosa.
But Delta rebounded with six unanswered runs and a solid pitching performance by freshman Miranda Quesada to defeat the Bear Cubs 6-3 in a Big 8 Conference game at the Bucky Layland Softball Complex.
Santa Rosa's batters roughed up Delta starter Tatiana Beilstein for four hits, including a triple by Krystina Pardoski and a double by Samantha Bartee. The Mustangs defense chipped in with two errors to help give the Bear Cubs (19-4, 4-5 Big 8) a 3-0 lead.
Fisher brought in Quesada, a Bear Creek product, to pitch for the Mustangs (20-8, 5-4) with two outs and runners at first and third base, and she delivered by retiring Taylor Spaulding on a ground ball to Delta shortstop, Taylor Barsi.
Quesada gave up a single in the second inning, then retired 15 of the next 17 batters she faced.
Delta sophomore Jamie Costa walked four times and scored two runs. She had a leadoff walk in the sixth inning that led to an insurance run when pinch-runner Arista Dutra scored on a sacrifice fly by Katie Bentz.
"That was probably the biggest run of the game," Fisher said. "The difference between a three-run lead and a two-run lead with some of their biggest hitters coming up was huge. (Costa) is getting a lot of respect at the plate. I was surprised (Santa Rosa) walked her at the end. We survived this slow start, but we're going to have to fix that."
Delta's Brooke Malcolm went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI to help lead the Mustangs.
"Delta just played better than we did today," said Bear Cubs coach Phil Wright, whose pitchers gave up seven walks and hit three batters. "They had timely hits and we didn't."
Said Quesada, "We have a good hitting team and when we're on, we're on. I knew our team would come back for me after the first inning. We're good at taking advantages of opportunities and mistakes."
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