Softball Drops a Pair to Flagler College on Chilly Saturday Afternoon

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- In her five season as head coach of the Sailfish softball team, Palm Beach Atlantic University head coach Kimmy Bloemers has always emphasized good pitching, solid defense, and smart baserunning in addition to timely hitting. Unfortunately for the Fish on Saturday afternoon at the Lake Catherine Sports Complex versus Flagler College, not many of those areas went right as they dropped both games of a double-header to the Saints by the scores of 4-1 and 5-0.

The Sailfish are now 3-3 on the season while Flagler College improves to 8-0 on the young campaign with double-header sweeps against the likes of Florida Tech, Saint Leo University, Ave Maria University, and now PBA. They will travel to Barry University on Sunday to complete a busy South Florida swing of softball over the weekend.

Juniors Lauren Bubeck (1-2) and Chris Donovan (2-1) each pitched admirably against the Saints however both would come away with losses as the Fish struggled to find any offensive consistency and uncharacteristically had a tough day in the field as well as they committed seven errors including six in game two.

Game one would have the Saints ahead 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning as a long drive off the bat of Mari Stokes glanced off the outstretched glove of FC left-fielder Brittany Simmons for an RBI triple to tie the score at one run apiece.

Although both teams would have chances to score, Bubeck and FC’s Kelly Riddick would do a good job of holding the opposition at bay as the teams would go into extra innings.

Flagler would strike for three runs in the top of the eighth inning on what was a very strange play. After a leadoff walk to Lauren Bessent got things started, it would appear the Fish might get out of the inning as they got the next two batters out with Bessent standing at second-base.

After a wild-pitch allowed Bessent to go to third-base, Bloemers opted to intentionally walk Saints’ sluggers Breezy Collings and Tori Jolley. However, with PBA catcher Erica Walters signaling for the intentional walk toss from Bubeck, Jolley would reach her bat across the plate and take a hack as she would send a shallow popup into short right-field that fell in amongst a group of Sailfish defenders.

Somewhat dazed by the odd move that would bring home the potential game-winning run, the Sailfish would be hurt worse on the next play as Kristen Chapman added in a two-run single to push the advantage to 3-1.

Riddick would hold on in the bottom of the inning for the victory as she improved to 4-0 on the season.

Schneider produced two of PBA’s four hits in the game while Bubeck allowed four earned runs on seven hits while striking out eight batters and walking three. Riddick went the distance and tallied eight strikeouts and one earned run.

Game two saw Donovan back to the circle for PBA where she had only allowed one earned run in her previous two ballgames on the season.

Two errors in the field would contribute to the Sailfish allowing the Saints first run to score in the second-inning as Collings came around to score the game’s first run.

PBA would managed six hits in the game versus FC starting pitcher Kalyn Loverich but the Saints undefeated hurler would not allow a run as she struck out six batters and walked only one in six innings of work. Donna Munafo worked a scoreless final inning.

FC added to their 1-0 lead in the fifth inning as Collings drove home a run with an opposite-field single then managed to get in a run-down later in the inning that eventually plated a second run in the inning to move ahead 3-0.

Flagler took advantage of three Sailfish errors in the seventh inning to add to their lead for the 5-0 final score.

Stokes finished with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate in game two including a double and a single.

The Sailfish will return to action on Tuesday, February 15th as they will travel to St. Petersburg, Florida to continue a double-header with Eckerd College which was cut short a few weeks ago due to rain. PBA and EC will resume game one in the second inning with PBA leading 8-0.

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