Sailfish and Spartans Tally Split in Friday Night Double-Header
February 18, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- After being shut down by University of Tampa right-hander Deanna Henriott in game one on Friday night, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team showed some serious fight with their bats in game two as they earned a split with a 6-3 game two win over the visiting Spartans at the Lake Catherine Sports Complex. The Spartans tallied a 5-0 win in game one while being handed their first loss of 2011 in the night cap.
Henriott showed a strong rise ball and effective off-speed stuff in the opener to the tune of her second no-hitter in as many outings this spring while missing out on a second perfect game by walking two and hitting one batter. The ace right-hander for UT missed all of last season because of injury but has returned in 2011 with great early results while managing 10 strikeouts against the Fish.
Sailfish junior Chris Donovan (3-2) was given the loss by tallying five innings and giving up nine hits and five runs (four earned) before giving way to Brianna Parker who tossed two scoreless innings.
The Spartans (3-1) would receive all the run support they would need in the top of the first inning as slugging catcher Becky Vyzas launched a long three-run homerun over the centerfield fence to secure an early 3-0 lead.
Tampa would add to their lead in the third inning with an RBI triple from Cassie Barnes and round out their scoring in the fifth inning on a second homerun from Vyzas who ripped a solo shot to left-field for her third hit of the game.
Vyzas finished 4-for-4 in the opener with four runs batted in and three runs scored while Julie Wisniewski and Barnes each added in three hits apiece.
Game two featured the Sailfish (6-4) bats coming alive with a total of 11 hits, all of UT starting lefty Kari Walsh (1-1) who allowed all six runs while walking four and striking out three batters.
The Spartans began game two in solid form by taking advantage of Parker being called for a total of five illegal pitches in the frame. Wisniewski cranked a 2-0 pitch into the gap for a leadoff triple then came home on the next pitch which was deemed illegal from Parker.
With PBA head coach Kimmy Bloemers sensing a need for a change, junior Lauren Bubeck would enter for quick relief after only two batters had come to the plate.
Thankfully for PBA, Bubeck produced a solid outing as she tossed the next seven innings while allowing only six hits and two runs while walking five and striking out five.
Down 2-0 after the first inning, PBA cut the lead in half to 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning as senior Caitlin Bouschet connected for a RBI double to deep centerfield.
The Sailfish really got things going in the bottom of the third inning as Bubeck helped her own cause with an RBI single followed later in the inning by another big Bouschet double that landed just inside the third-base line and scored both Mackenzie Johnson and Kimberly Traxler to go ahead 5-2.
Although Tampa would cut into the lead in the top of the fourth inning with a two-out double from Wisniewski that plated Brie Walton, the Sailfish would fight right back with Miranda Welch coming into score the final run on a wild pitch for a 6-3 lead. The lead would hold up down the stretch as neither team placed another run on the scoreboard over the final two and a half innings.
Four players in the PBA lineup registered multi-hit games with Welch going 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Johnson chipped in a 2-for-2 showing with a walk and two runs scored. Bouschet finished 2-for-3 with three RBI’s.
Palm Beach Atlantic will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they will square off against Saint Leo University at 1 pm in a double-header at Lake Catherine Sports Complex.