Sailfish Softball Posts Sweep on Day Two at Eckerd Invitational

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

Erica Walters (Pictured) Finished 3-for-3 Including a Pair of Doubles in PBA's 9-1 Win Over UMASS-Lowell. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Erica Walters (Pictured) Finished 3-for-3 Including a Pair of Doubles in PBA's 9-1 Win Over UMASS-Lowell. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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CLEARWATER, Fla.- After splitting their games on Friday evening on the first day of the Eckerd College Invitational, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team claimed a pair of victories in as many chances on Saturday afternoon by taking out the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and Eckerd College by the scores of 9-1 and 4-2. The wins improve PBA’s season record to 10-6 on the season.

The Sailfish were able to put together a pair of big innings against UMASS-Lowell that ended the game prematurely in the bottom of the sixth inning as the eight-run mercy rule was enforced after PBA plated five runs in the sixth to advance their lead to 9-1.

Junior Chris Donovan tallied the win in the circle with six inning of good work that included allowing seven hits and just one earned run while walking two and striking out four batters.

UMASS-Lowell jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as leftfielder Katie Mazure singled  home Krista Mackenzie to grab the early lead.

The Fish fired back with a four-run fourth inning however as Brittany Schneider delivered with a two-out, two-run single that plated both Brittany Jones and Caitlin Bouschet who had singled and doubled to begin the inning. Cassady Faircloth would then follow suit as she connected for a RBI single of her own before coming home to score later in the inning on a wild pitch.

The 4-1 lead held until the bottom of the sixth inning when the PBA bats once again got hot.

Camille Benito and Lauren Powell would both reach to begin the inning on errors before Schneider would add in another RBI via a bunt single. After a Faircloth double put two runners in scoring position, Kimberly Traxler and Miranda Welch would register back-to-back run-scoring singles to bring in two more.

The inning and game would come to a close shortly thereafter as Mari Stokes and then Jones would make it six straight hits with two more singles back-to-back that brought the final score to 9-1.

Five players registered two hits apiece for Palm Beach Atlantic in the game including Jones who was 2-for-4 with a run scored and another driven in while Schneider and Faircloth were both 2-for-3 with two runs scored each. Schneider also drove in a team-high three runs.

Against the host Tritons, the Fish would take an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning as Erica Walters would hit a double and then be driven home by a Schneider single.

PBA tacked on another run in the top of the fourth inning when Walters supplied another double, this time scoring Bouschet who began the inning with a single.

EC would have an answer however in the bottom of the fifth inning when they finally broke through against PBA hurler Lauren Bubeck. A one-out walk began the threat before a two-run triple off the bat of freshman Chelsea Jeffares tied the score at 2-2.

Quickly ready to respond, the Sailfish offense once again got going in the next half inning as Bouschet doubled to leadoff the frame then came around to score on a Walters RBI single. Faircloth would add an insurance run with a triple that plated the pinch-runner in Lauren Powell.

Bubeck finished the afternoon with seven strong innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs while striking out three and walking two.

Walters continued to swing a hot stick with a 3-for-3 showing with a pair of runs batted in and one run scored. Bouschet finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored for PBA.

Emma Docking collected three of the team’s seven hits as the speedy centerfielder also scored a run.

The Fish will close out the Eckerd Invitational on Sunday with two more contests against members of the Sunshine State Conference. The open up with a game versus Saint Leo University and then close out the tournament against the University of Tampa. PBA split double-headers with both teams earlier this season.

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