Fish Cap Sweep of Northwood in Dramatic Fashion
February 3, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Leading 4-1 entering the top of the seventh inning, it appeared the Sailfish softball team was in complete control of their second game of the night against Northwood University on Wednesday evening on the campus of Palm Beach State College. Three runs later and a tie score, the Fish escaped the rest of the inning and saw a walk-off hit from freshman Miranda Welch in the bottom half of the inning to win 5-4.
Senior starting pitcher Heather Laird was in complete command for much of the game including limiting the visiting Seahawks to only one hit through six innings however she ran into trouble in the final inning.
Jennifer Roessler started the inning with a double to left-center and with one out, freshman Melissa Welka-Richards delivered an opposite field RBI single to cut the lead to 4-2.
Brooke Miner followed with a single to right-field and then Chantelle Neff was retired for the second out. Battling to a deep count, freshman Katie Shannon stepped in an smacked a hard shot to centerfield that just escaped the grasp of Cassady Faircloth’s glove for an error to tie the score.
Laird then retired the final batter to end the inning.
After a strikeout of Natalia Ojeda started the bottom of the inning, Erica Walters smashed a hard ground ball past the third-baseman for a single. Stokes then followed with a single while Faircloth then drew a walk. After getting two strikes, Welch then stepped in and took advantage of the drawn in infield with a hard single that the shortstop was not able to handle.
Laird earned the win and had an all-around solid outing with seven innings pitched, eight strikeouts, four hits allowed, and three runs allowed (one earned).
The Fish posted two runs in each of the first two frames with Erica Walters and Mari Stokes delivering RBI hits in the first inning while Gravini registered an RBI double in the second inning.
Ojeda, Walters, and Stokes all registered two hits apiece in leading the middle of the lineup.
PBA will travel to St. Petersburg, Florida for their next contest on Saturday, February 6th against Eckerd College as they will battle the Tritons in a double-header beginning at 3 p.m. Both games will be aired live on the Sailfish Sports Network.