Seahawks Spoil Sailfish Sweep with Game Two Win on Wednesday
March 16, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Looking to make it a clean four-game sweep of the season series versus cross-town rival Northwood University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team was upset on Wednesday afternoon as the Seahawks avenged an 8-2 loss in game one by taking a 4-3 win in the nightcap. The split moves PBA’s record to 14-8 on the season.
The Sailfish were coming off a long layoff in the middle of their season as they had the final two games of the Wolves Invitational at the University of West Georgia rained out and then a week off during Spring Break holiday to rest their bodies and spend time away from the classroom and the softball diamond.
Whether it was rust or simply a lack of execution, the Fish were unable to close out the Seahawks in the series finale after belting out 13 hits and eight runs in the opener.
Junior right-hander Lauren Bubeck (6-4) went the distance in the opening game as she worked around two walks and two hit batters to hold the Seahawks hitless into the fifth inning. PBA would produce a run in the second inning followed by five more in the third frame to move ahead 6-0 early on.
After single runs in the fourth and fifth innings put the lead at 8-0, Bubeck hoped to close out the Seahawks in a five-inning mercy rule game. That wouldn’t happen however as the Hawks mustered two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the final score at 8-2.
Freshman Lauren Powell connected on three hits for PBA in the opening game while joined by sophomore Miranda Welch who also had three hits in the opening contest. Erica Walters added in her first homerun of the season with a solo shot in the fourth inning.
Bubeck finished with two earned runs allowed in seven innings of work while allowing only three hits and striking out five.
Game two would send junior Chris Donovan to the circle in hopes of her team-leading ninth win of the season. Unfortunately for Donovan and the Fish it would appear early on that Donovan would not have her best stuff as she worked around three walks in the opening to escape unscathed and then allow a run to come in to score in the second inning.
Head coach Kimmy Bloemers would opt to go with freshman Brianna Parker out of the bullpen after Donovan completed only 1.2 innings of work. Parker responded with a solid showing of putting up solid results over the next several innings.
Powell delivered an RBI single for PBA in the top of the third inning to tie the score at 1-1 while the Seahawks stretched their lead back out to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning on run-scoring singles from Jennifer Roessler and Chantall Cooper.
Palm Beach Atlantic fired back with a two-spot of their own in the top of the fourth inning when they plated one run on a RBI single from Brittany Schneider and another run came home to score on an illegal pitch.
The score would remain tied at 3-3 until the bottom of the sixth inning. With Parker running into trouble, the Fish would make a pitching change to Bubeck who promptly delivered a wild pitch to allow the go-ahead run to score.
Although the Fish would get their leadoff runner on in the top of the seventh inning, they wouldn’t be able to bring her in as the tying run as the Seahawks prevailed 4-3.
Michelle Crompton earned the victory, her fourth of the season in game two by relieving Roessler midway through.
Parker suffered her first loss after tossing 3.2 innings of relief and allowing five hits, three earned runs, and two strikeouts.
Mackenzie Johnson paced PBA’s seven-hit attack with a 2-for-3 showing in the second game.
Palm Beach Atlantic will now prepare for another rivalry double-header as they will travel to Lynn University in nearby Boca Raton, Florida on Saturday, March 19th with first-pitch scheduled for 12 pm.