PBA Softball Drops Game One to Lynn with Second Contest Washed Out

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- After a 16 game win streak, the Palm Beach Atlantic  University softball team has now dropped their last three games including Tuesday night’s game versus Palm Beach County rival Lynn University at John W. Anderson Field. The Knights jumped on the Fish for three runs in each of the first two innings then held on for a 6-1 victory in the opener. Neither team scored through the first three innings in game two before the rains came and ended the evening.

The Knights offense pounded out six hits in the first two innings while taking advantage of a two out error by the Sailfish in inning number two as they collected all the offense they would need in taking the first game of the season between the two teams. PBA swept the Fighting Knights in two games back on March 27th.

Senior starting pitcher Ashley Jones (20-7) took the loss for PBA as she allowed 10 hits and six runs (two earned) with one walk and nine strikeouts. After the early runs allowed, Jones settled down and shutdown the Knights over the final five innings.

PBA would scratch out a run in the bottom of the fourth inning when freshman Miranda Welch drew a bases-loaded walk that plated Cassady Faircloth who singled earlier in the inning.

The top of the first inning began for LU with consecutive singles from speedsters Brittany Gross and Katrina Lavadan followed by a well-executed sacrifice bunt from Kathleen Smith to put the pair in scoring position. Nikki Pallister followed with an RBI single that plated Gross then a passed ball allowed Lavadan to come in to score. LU pitcher Calie Darlin singled home the final run of the inning.

Gross once again started the rally in inning two as she reached on an error with two outs. Lavadan then smoked a double to the fence and came trotting home on a two-run homer from Smith that put the Knights in firm control at 6-0.

Darlin (9-15) proved solid the entire night for LU as she worked around three walks while allowing only two hits and striking out six batters. Both teams left six runners on base.

Gross, Lavadan, and Smith all finished with two  hits each as did Darlin. Smith drove in two runs while Gross and Lavadan each scored two runs apiece.

Game two began with a light drizzle that eventually turned into a downpour as the game was called in the third inning. Darlin and PBA senior Heather Laird were matched up in a pitcher’s duel before the rains came. The game will not be rescheduled.

Palm Beach Atlantic will now take on a pair of potential opponents at the upcoming National Christian College Athletic Association South Regional Tournament this weekend here in Palm Beach County. PBA welcomes in Truett-McConnell College and North Greenville University on Saturday, April 24th. Stay tuned to pbasailfish.com for updates on the tournament schedule to be played at Palm Beach Gardens High School.

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