Panthers and Sailfish Split Saturday Matchup in Melbourne
March 26, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MELBOURNE, Fla.- Riding a tough four-game losing streak entering play on Saturday at Florida Tech, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team ended the streak with a 2-0 win in game one at Nancy Bottge Field behind a Chris Donovan six hit shutout. The Panthers would turn the table however in game two as they scored five runs in the second inning and held on for a 5-4 win to split the double-header.
Donovan (10-5) tossed one of her finest games of the season in the opener as she limited the Panthers (15-15) to only six innings with no runs allowed in earning her 10th victory of the season. The Gainesville, Florida native walked only one batter while striking out four in the win.
Palm Beach Atlantic (17-13) scored one run in the second inning and an insurance run in the top of the seventh to get the victory.
Senior Caitlin Bouschet started the second with a double then moved to third-base on a Mari Stokes sacrifice bunt. An error would be committed on a Brittany Jones grounder that allowed her to reach and also allowed Bouschet to score.
Sophomore Karli Newton connected for a leadoff double in the seventh inning which brought on Kimberly Traxler as a pinch-runner. When Traxler took for third-base on a stolen-base attempt, the throw would go off her foot and allow her to scamper home for the all-important insurance run.
Donovan closed out the game with a one-two-three inning in the seventh inning.
Game two would feature a pair of freshmen in the pitching circles as PBA’s Brianna Parker would oppose Jessica Kraus.
Although Kraus would be tagged with a three-run homerun from Bouschet in the first-inning, it would be the Panthers who would have the final game victory as they stormed back for five runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning.
Lauren Powell doubled to open the game for PBA then saw Brittany Schneider single up the middle for runners at the corners and no one out. After a strikeout, Bouschet stepped in and drilled her fifth homerun of the season over the left-field fence to stake Parker to the early 3-0 lead.
After a harmless first frame that saw only one hit and no runs against Parker, the Panthers would fight back for five runs on five hits in the second frame eventually leading to head coach Kimmy Bloemers having to make a pitching change.
A Mari Stokes solo homerun in the top of the fourth inning would inch the Sailfish a run closer but Kraus would hold on as she worked around a two-out walk in the seventh inning to secure the complete game victory.
PBA junior Lauren Bubeck was effective in relief for the Fish as she allowed only two hits and no runs in 4.1 innings of work while posting four strikeouts.
Kraus finished with four strikeouts and three walks.
PBA was limited to four hits in the game while FIT finished with eight hits.
The Fish will take Monday off then be back on the softball diamond on Tuesday, March 29th as they will host Eckerd College for a double-header at the Lake Catherine Complex beginning at 5 pm.