Sailfish Pull out the Brooms with Sweep of Florida Southern in Softball
April 12, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LAKELAND, Fla.- After hosting Florida Southern College on Saturday while completing a split with the Moccasins, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team hoped to earn the season series victory with a pair of wins on Tuesday as they traveled across the state to battle FSC at Barnett Field in Lakeland. A season series victory was exactly what the Sailfish ordered up as they pounded out 23 total hits in the two games on their way to 6-1 and 5-4 wins to pick up a pair of key regional victories.
Junior Chris Donovan (14-5) earned her first double-header start in the pitching circle as she pitched effectively in both contests to pick up her thirteenth and fourteenth wins of the season respectively. Brianna Parker would finish off game one with a scoreless seventh inning while junior Lauren Bubeck gave the Fish a big lift in game two by tallying the final three innings of work without allowing a run for her first save of the season.
On offense the Sailfish received great balance up and down the lineup in both contests as each Sailfish batter had at least one hit in both games. Senior Cassady Faircloth began what would be her best double-header of the season in game one as she belted two hits in the opener and three more including a big triple in game two for a fantastic 6-for-8 combined output.
Florida Southern (20-17) struck for a first inning run in both games but would be silenced in game one by Donovan’s strong pitching while the Sailfish offense would put some distance between the teams with a five-run fourth inning.
The Mocs scored their only run on a bases-loaded walk by Donovan in the first inning to Randi Grimes. A nifty double-play turned by PBA second-baseman Mari Stokes would end the first frame threat and get the Fish back to the offensive side of things.
The Fish (22-14) would post their first run in the top of the third inning as junior Erica Walters connected for a run-scoring double that plated Stokes who had singled with one out earlier in the frame.
PBA put the game out of reach in the fourth as Walters provided the big blow with a bases-clearing double while junior Brittany Jones chipped in a RBI single and senior Caitlin Bouschet added a bases-loaded walk earlier in the inning.
Donovan allowed only four hits in six innings while walking two and striking out two batters. Parker worked around a walk as she did not allow a hit or run while striking out two to close out the game.
Walters finished 2-for-4 in game one with four runs batted in while Faircloth was also 2-for-4 with a run scored. Stokes finished 2-for-4 as well with two runs scored.
Donovan was asked to start game two as well, the first time in her career she has started both ends of a double-header, and went the first three four innings before giving way to Bubeck. Donovan’s game two line was four runs allowed (three earned) while allowing eight hits and four walks with one strikeout.
FSC came out firing in game two as they plated a run in the first inning followed by two more in the second inning after PBA briefly took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second.
Karlyn Scott doubled with one out in the first inning then came in to score on a Brittany Martin RBI single. PBA took the lead in the top of the second as Faircloth drilled a two-run triple down the right-field line to plate both Kimberly Traxler and Brittany Jones.
Back came the Moccasins in the bottom of the inning as Clark delivered a leadoff triple followed by a run-scoring single from Dani Blake. Erin Foley drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning as FSC took a 3-2 lead.
PBA took the lead for good in the top of the third inning as Mackenzie Johnson doubled home Walters followed by a RBI single later in the inning by Faircloth for the 5-3 lead.
The Mocs would inch closer at 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a ground-rule double from Martin but would get no closer as Bubeck entered the game for the final three innings in the circle for PBA and shut down the Mocs offense to only two hits the rest of the way.
Faircloth finished 3-for-4 in game two with three RBI’s while Bouschet managed a 2-for-4 showing at the plate.
Palm Beach Atlantic will next take on Nova Southeastern University on Friday, April 15th in Davie, Florida for a double-header beginning at 6 pm.