Sailfish Earn Late Win Over Saint Leo then Stumble Versus Tampa at EC Invite
February 27, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
CLEARWATER, Fla.- Wrapping up a busy weekend of action on the softball diamond, the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish earned a 4-3 win over Saint Leo on Sunday afternoon before dropping a 6-0 decision to the University of Tampa in the final two games of the Eckerd College Invitational. The Fish finished 4-2 over the three-day tournament and now stand at 11-7 on the season.
Taking on a pair of opponents that the Sailfish had already played in a double-header each last weekend at home, head coach Kimmy Bloemers and her squad had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the two NCAA South Region opponents.
What she or anyone else might have expected was how game one versus the Lions would end up as a bizarre final play culminated in a 4-3 PBA victory.
With the score tied at 3-3 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Sailfish would get things started when freshman Mackenzie Johnson led off the inning with a single. Playing for the one run that they would need, Bloemers sent in freshman Lauren Powell to pinch-run and called upon junior Brittany Schneider to lay down a sacrifice bunt.
Although Schneider would get the bunt down with little problem, it would be the Lions defense who would have issues as the SLU first-baseman would field the bunt and throw to first-base only to have no one covering the bag and her throw sail into the right-field corner. Powell would sprint around the bases and come home ahead of the throw for a 4-3 win for the Fish.
Through the first three innings it would appear that SLU (8-11) would perhaps escape with the victory as they scored a run in the top of the first inning then added two more runs in the third to move ahead 3-0.
The Sailfish would break through against SLU starter Megan Still however in the bottom of the fourth inning with a three spot of their own to tie the game at 3-3.
An inside-the-park homerun for PBA’s Kimberly Traxler would begin the inning followed later in the frame by a run-scoring single from Erica Walters and another RBI single from Johnson.
Both pitchers would hold the offenses at bay until the final half inning where Schneider’s attempted sacrifice bunt would lead to the game-winning run.
Chris Donovan limited the Lions to only five hits and three runs (one earned) while striking out five batters and walking two over seven innings. Still took the loss with a six inning stint that allowed six hits and four runs with only one being earned. She walked one while not striking out a batter.
Johnson was the only player for either team to register a multi-hit game as she finished 2-for-3 on the day.
The contest versus the University of Tampa once again matched the Fish up with UT ace right-hander Deanna Henriott who had no-hit the Sailfish just a week ago. Although PBA would do better the second time around on Sunday, they would still manage only three-hits against the hard-throwing Henriott who went the distance by shutting out the Fish for the 6-0 win.
The win improves Henriott to 7-0 on the season while UT improved to 12-1 with their only loss being in the second-game of a double-header at PBA last Saturday. Henriott finished with nine strikeouts and two walks.
UT utilized one big inning against PBA’s Lauren Bubeck as the Spartans plated five runs in the bottom of the second-inning. A pair of two-run singles from Julie Wisniewski and Brittany Hipple provided the big blows in the inning while UT added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 6-0 win.
Walters, Schneider, and Traxler each tallied a hit in the loss.
Bubeck finished the contest by allowing six runs and three walks on nine hits while striking out four batters.
Susan Jallo registered a 3-for-3 day at the plate for the Spartans with a pair of RBI’s and one run scored.
Palm Beach Atlantic will have the opportunity to rest up during the early portion of next week as they will not play again until Friday, March 4th when they begin play at the University of West Georgia Tournament in Carrollton, Georgia.