Softball Completes Road Sweep of Eckerd in Makeup Contest
February 15, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- After rain cut short what looked to be a promising Saturday afternoon of softball action a few weeks ago at Eckerd College, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish returned across the state to St. Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon to complete their double-header with the Tritons. Leading 8-0 through two innings from their previous trial before being washed out, the Sailfish maintained the advantage of 8-0 in game one then held on for a tight 2-1 win in game two.
Palm Beach Atlantic (5-3) continued to rely on their strong pitching staff which saw effective work from Lauren Bubeck, Brianna Parker, and Chris Donovan on Tuesday as the trio allowed only one run between the two games.
Bubeck earned the win in the opener as she tossed the first three innings while allowing only one hit before handing the ball off to Parker who would make her collegiate debut by tossing two shutout innings to close out the five inning mercy rule contest.
The Sailfish did all the damage they would need back on February 5th when they plated an astonishing eight runs in the first inning against EC pitching as 12 Fish batters came to the plate.
Juniors Mari Stokes and Brittany Schneider each contributed two-run doubles in the inning while Brittany Jones smashed a two-run triple into the right-field corner for another big hit.
The Fish ended the contest with seven total hits with Jones and catcher Erica Walters each registering a pair of base hits in the game one win.
After the blowout win in game one, the Blue and White would endure an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel in game two as the final score landed in a 2-1 final in favor of the Fish.
Donovan (3-1) would draw the start and was solid in the circle as she allowed only one unearned run in the game while being touched for six hits.
PBA earned the win as they posted a run in each of the first two innings as the Tritons managed a run in the bottom of the first to have all the scoring completed through the first 1.5 innings of play.
The Fish tallied their first inning run on a RBI groundout from Bubeck that plated Schneider while EC countered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of a PBA fielding error.
Palm Beach Atlantic pushed across the eventual game-winning run in the top of the second-inning as Kimberly Traxler led off by being hit by a pitch, stole second-base, and came in to score on a Jones RBI single.
Donovan would hold the Tritons bats at bay through six innings before giving way to Bubeck who was seeking her first save of the season. It would be a tricky inning however the junior transfer by way of Palm Beach State College would get the final three outs and secure a sweep by PBA over Eckerd.
The Sailfish will now turn their attention to a busy weekend that will welcome in the University of Tampa on Friday, February 18th for a double-header then see the Saint Leo University Lions come in for a double-header on Saturday, February 19th.