NSU Escapes with Pair of One-Run Wins Over Palm Beach Atlantic

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

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- After a pair of tough outcomes on Tuesday evening versus Barry University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team would fall victim again on Wednesday as they dropped a pair of one-run decisions to the likes of Nova Southeastern University at the Lake Catherine Sports Complex. Scoring a single run in the top of the seventh inning, the Sharks would hold on for a 3-2 win in the opener then hold off a PBA comeback with a 5-4 game two in.

For the second straight night the Sailfish would receive solid pitching and good defense however the big hit seemed to elude them once again as they tried to knock off another NCAA South Region rival in Nova Southeastern.

Junior Chris Donovan (9-5) tossed the opener for the Fish and despite a solid effort of seven innings with only six hits and two earned runs along with four strikeouts, the Gainesville, Florida native would be slightly outdone by NSU’s Sara DeMuth who tallied the close win to improve to 8-7 on the season. DeMuth managed four strikeouts with three walks while allowing five hits and two earned runs.

NSU (18-11) plated a run in the first inning as Gianni Artidello led off the game with a triple then came home later in the frame on a sharp two-out single from first-baseman Laura Saladrigas.

The Sharks would extend the lead to 2-0 in the top of the third inning as Katie Kelton led off with a single, stole second-base, and eventually came in to score on a Sarah Phillips RBI double.

The Sailfish would strike for a single run in the fifth and sixth innings when Miranda Welch managed an infield RBI single that plated Brittany Schneider then in the sixth Mari Stokes delivered a run-scoring single after Caitlin Bouschet had been intentionally walked.

Tied at two runs apiece heading into the seventh and final frame, the Sharks would take advantage of a bunt single by Kelton and an overthrow that allowed her to go to second-base. Kelton would then streal third-base and come home to score on a throwing error on the attempted third-base swipe.

Although the Fish would draw a walk in their final at-bat they wouldn’t be able to push across the tying run.

Stokes finished with two of the team’s five hits in the game while Kelton and Phillips each registered two hits each for the Sharks.

Game two featured freshman Brianna Parker against NSU’s Devin Higginbotham as each pitcher would toss zeroes the first three innings.

NSU would finally get to Parker in the top of the fourth inning as they plated a pair of runs on a Marissa Raimo RBI single and then another run-scoring single later in the inning by Heather Roberson.

The Sharks appeared destined for a blowout win with three more runs in the top of the sixth inning to push the advantage to 5-0 as Raimo chipped in another RBI single and Kelton ripped a two-run triple to boot.

But the Sailfish would have some fight in them as they put up four runs in the bottom of the inning on three consecutive extra base hits from Mackenzie Johnson, Caitlin Bouschet, and Mari Stokes that eventually chased Higginbotham from the contest. Bouschet’s two-bagger scored two runs while she would come around to score on the Stokes triple. Stokes would score the fourth run on a wild-pitch from new pitcher Lexi Sarradet.

Sarradet would hold her ground the rest of the way however as she got the Sailfish retired in order, all by strikeouts in the seventh inning to earn her third save of the season.

Parker (1-2) had one of her better outings of the season in the circle for PBA especially early on as she limited NSU to nine hits in six innings while collecting three strikeouts and one walk.

Higginbotham (3-1) allowed four runs on four hits in 5.1 innings of work while striking out three and walking one. Sarradet pitched the final 1.2 innings and allowed only one hits while striking out five batters.

 Brittany Jones finished with two hits in the game two loss for PBA while Bouschet had two runs driven in.

Dani Milan finished 2-for-2 with a walk for NSU while Raimo and Roberson each registered two hits in the win for the Sharks.

Palm Beach Atlantic will take on Florida Tech this Saturday, March 26th at 1 pm in Melbourne for a double-header.

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