Late Inning Comeback for Eckerd Spoils Sailfish Hopes for a Sweep

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- After holding the Eckerd College Tritons scoreless for the first 12 2/3 innings on Saturday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team fell victim to a pair of sixth inning runs in Saturday’s second game of a season-opening double-header at the Turley Athletic Complex. Despite the Fish best efforts in the seventh inning, the Tritons would hold on an earn a double-header split with the 2-1 win.

Sophomore pitcher Chris Donovan took the loss for PBA however Sailfish fans should be encouraged by her solid performance against the steady Tritons. While at times inconsistent evidenced by her five walks, Donovan also appeared to gain confidence in her first outing of the 2010 season as she also collected five strikeouts and allowed only six hits.
Leading 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to a Natalia Ojeda RBI triple earlier in the game, the Fish (3-1) sent Donovan back to the pitching circle clinging to the one-run lead.

After a leadoff single from Mackenzie Dawson got things started, Kristen Schurr was retired on a groundout, followed by a single from Emily Weimken. Megan Agnew was then struck by a pitch to load the bases. PBA third-baseman Miranda Welch then made a spectacular play on an attempted squeeze bunt as she dove for a one-handed grab for the second-out, nearly doubling up the runner at third-base.

Unfortunately for Donovan, the next batter was leadoff hitter Amanda Kolonick who connected for an infield single that tied the score. A four-pitch bases-loaded walk would follow to Emma Dockey which brought home the go-ahead run. Senior Heather Laird relieved Donovan and struck out Alex Sasso for the final out of the inning.

PBA put together a rally in the seventh inning but was unable to bring home Miranda Welch who led off the inning with a walk.

EC senior right-hander Alex Koronokiewicz earned the victory for Eckerd as she kept the Sailfish off balance with a solid performance of seven innings pitched, four hits allowed, one earned run, two walks, and four strikeouts.

Kolonick finished 2-fo-4 in the game as the Tritons managed six total hits.

Sophomore Mari Stokes continued her hot streak to start the season with two of PBA’s four hits in game two with Chelsea Gravini and Ojeda accounting for the other two base-hits.

Palm Beach Atlantic will nearly a week off before next competing in game action as the will travel to Pensacola, Florida for a six-game showing at the University of West Florida Tournament beginning Friday, February 12th. The Fish will square off against preseason #1-ranked University of Alabama-Huntsville (NFCA coaches poll) in the opener for a double-header. All six games at the UWF Tournament will be broadcasted live on the Sailfish sports Network.

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