Bombs Away as Sailfish Out Muscle Fighting Knights for Road Sweep
March 19, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
BOCA RATON, Fla.- After a split earlier this week at local rival Northwood University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team opted to leave no doubt on Saturday against another Palm Beach County rival in Lynn University. The Sailfish bats were hot from the start as they crushed three homeruns including a pair by senior Caitlin Bouschet and a grandslam by freshman Camille Benito in game one to win 8-2 then followed that up with an 11-5 win in game two.
The 19 runs scored by the Sailfish (16-8) in their double-header sweep of the Fighting Knights (6-24) was their most runs scored in a double-header victory since March 3rd, 2010 when they combined to score 44 runs in 21-0, 23-0 wins over Wesley College.
Although both games turned into comfortable wins for PBA, neither would be a blowout from the start as the Knights hung in despite battling some issues involving a depleted roster due to injury.
Bouschet opened up the scoring with her third homerun of the season in the top of the second inning when she connected on a ball that landed just beyond the reach of LU left-fielder Brittany Gross and over the fence.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead behind some solid pitching by junior Chris Donovan (9-3), the Fish opened up a 5-0 lead on one swing of Benito in the top of the fourth inning as she smoked a line-drive grand-slam homerun to plate Mackenzie Johnson, Brittany Jones, and Bouschet.
LU got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when Marcella Carrozza drew a bases-loaded walk. Gross was retired on a pop out to end the threat.
The Fish added three more runs in the next frame as Bouschet blasted a long three-run homer in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach at 8-1.
Donovan tossed five innings for the win as she allowed only two hits and one earned run while walking four and striking out two batters. Brianna Parker went the final two innings in relief as she allowed one run and one hit while also walking one.
Johnson finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored for PBA while Jones and Bouschet each finished with a pair of hits. Bouschet scored three times and drove in four runs.
Lauren Bubeck drew the starting assignment in game two for Palm Beach Atlantic before giving way to Parker who came on for her first collegiate win.
The Fish continued to swing the bats well in game two as they scored in each of the first three innings while pounding out 13 total hits in the 11-5 win.
The Fish opened the game with a run in the first inning as Brittany Schneider walked, was sacrificed to second-base by Erica Walters, and then came home to score on a RBI single from Johnson.
A wild-pitch would lead to PBA taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning as a bases-loaded wild throw would allow Benito to come in from third-base to score.
Lynn would take a momentary 3-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the second off Bubeck as an infield single by Jordan Angel brought home the first run followed by a second run coming in on a wild-pitch. Katrina Lavadan chipped in with a RBI single later in the inning to take the 3-2 advantage.
PBA would respond the next half inning however as they would also put their own three spot for a 5-2 lead. Run-scoring singles by Mari Stokes and Cassady Faircloth brought home the first two scores of the inning while Walters would then draw a bases-loaded walk for another run.
After LU would tie the score at 5-5 on a two-run double by Kasey Murray, the Fish would have to go back to work to claim the win.
Schneider drove home the go-ahead run on a RBI single in the sixth inning while Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning to add to the lead.
PBA put the game out of reach with four runs in the top of the seventh inning as Karli Newton provided a pinch-hit single for an RBI while Schneider came through with another RBI single. The final run came in on a wild pitch.
Bubeck would get the no-decision in the team victory as she lasted four innings while giving up eight hits and five runs that would include two walks and two strikeouts. Parker tallied the victory in relief as she went the final three innings in the circle while allowing only three hits and no runs while striking out four batters.
Murray went the distance for LU as she drops to 2-5 on the season while allowing all 11 runs including 11 walks, four strikeouts, and seven wild pitches.
Stokes finished 3-for-5 for PBA in game two with three runs scored while Kimberly Traxler also scored three runs while walking twice. Johnson added a 2-for-5 second game with a walk while Schneider was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two driven in, and two walks.
Lavadan finished 3-for-4 for the Knights with one run batted in.
Palm Beach Atlantic will now prepare for a Tuesday, March 22nd road contest at Barry University when the Fish will travel to Miami Shores, Florida for a double-header matchup with the Bucs. Both games can be heard live on the Sailfish Sports Network.