Sailfish and Florida Tech Split Season Series with Both Teams Claiming 5-1 Wins

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

Miranda Welch (Pictured) Posted a RBI Single in Both Games on Wednesday in a Double-Header Split Against Florida Tech. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Miranda Welch (Pictured) Posted a RBI Single in Both Games on Wednesday in a Double-Header Split Against Florida Tech. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- After a 12 day layoff the Palm Beach Atlantic softball team hit the diamond once again on Wednesday evening at the Lake Catherine Sportsplex as they battle Florida Tech in a makeup contest that was rained out earlier this season. After claiming a 5-1 come from behind win in the opener behind junior Chris Donovan’s 15th win of the season in the opener, the Panther got their bats going in game two with a 5-1 win of their own.

The makeup double-header concludes the season for the Panthers as they close out their 2011 season with a 24-26 overall record. PBA will conclude their regular season competition on Thursday by hosting Lynn University at 6 pm for Senior Night at the Lake Catherine Sportsplex.

Donovan was strong once again in the circle for PBA as the junior from Gainesville limited the Panthers to only one run in seven innings while giving up just four hits as she struck out three batters and walked only one.

Brianna Barth (13-17) was FIT’s hurler as she was hurt by some poor defensive plays behind her as the Panthers made five errors on the night that led to Barth allowing only two earned runs while striking out five and walking two in six innings of work.

Florida Tech led the contest through four and a half innings as Kara Dickinson reached on a fielder’s choice then came around to score on a RBI double by Emily Densem.

The Sailfish would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth as Mackenzie Johnson led things off with a double then Kimberly Traxler pinch ran for the PBA first-baseman. Traxler moved ahead on a sacrifice bunt from Miranda Welch then a failed pickoff from the FIT catcher allowed the speedy Traxler to come in to score the game-tying run.

PBA would break the tie and add some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as they managed three hits and four runs while FIT made three errors in the inning to help the Sailfish cause.

Mari Stokes led off with a single then a one-out walk was delivered the Caitlin Bouschet. Brittany Jones would hit a grounder to the second-baseman who tried tagging Bouschet the runner which she came up empty on and then threw away her throw to first allowing Stokes to come in as the go-ahead run and a 2-1 lead for the Blue and White.

Welch added a run-scoring single later in the inning while Jones came in on the play as well when the FIT centerfielder had trouble handling the hard grounder up the middle by Welch. Cassady Faircloth ripped a RBI single to left-field that plated another run for PBA.

Stokes and Johnson each had two hits in the win for PBA with Johnson collecting two doubles while Welch finished 1-for-2 with a RBI.

Game two sent Lauren Bubeck (7-8) to the circle for Palm Beach Atlantic while Florida Tech countered with Jessica Kraus (10-8).

The Panthers collected 12 hits in the victory as both pitchers went the distance. Kraus allowed only three hits and one earned run over seven innings while walking none and striking out one batter.

Bubeck was tagged with the loss as she allowed a run in the first on a Sasha Stepaniuk solo homerun and then a run in the second and three more in the third inning before settling down the final four innings.

The Sailfish posted their only scoring opportunity in the bottom of the sixth inning as Camile Benito doubled then came in to score on a Welch RBI single.

Barth and Stepaniukk each finished with two hits with Stepaniuk driving in three runs for the Panthers. Dickinson added a pair of hits as all but one starter for FIT registered at least one hit.

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