Sailfish Sweep Away Lynn on Senior Night at the Lake Catherine Sportsplex
April 28, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Although it took a comeback effort in the nightcap, the Palm Beach Atlantic softball team claimed victory over Palm Beach County rival Lynn University in both ends of a double-header on Thursday evening before a large crowd gathering anxiously for the regular season finale and the always-anticipated Senior night festivities. Junior Chris Donovan gave the Fish a big performance in the opener for a 9-4 win while freshman Brianna Parker came through with a solid relief outing in the game two win of 12-4.
In between games the Sailfish softball program would honor three players in seniors Caitlin Bouschet and Cassady Faircloth as well as junior Brittany Schneider who would be playing in their final home games wearing the Blue and White.
Donovan had one of her most dominating outings of the season from a strikeout perspective as she tallied as season-high of 10 strikeouts while walking two and allowing eight hits. The right-hander allowed two runs in five innings for her 16th win of the season.
Junior Lauren Bubeck tallied the final two innings of work and allowed a pair of runs on four hits.
Palm Beach Atlantic (25-17) jumped in front early when Mackenzie Johnson smacked a bases-clearing double into the left-field corner as three Sailfish runs came in for an early lead.
The Knights (10-39) cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the third inning as they put across a pair after a one-out triple from Katrina Lavadan then three consecutive singles from Mandi Brown, Callie Darlin, and Carissa Cook.
PBA wasted little time for answer as they pushed across four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a more commanding 7-2 lead.
Johnson added her second RBI hit of the game with a single while Erica Walters and Brittany Schneider each added RBI’s on a single and a bases-loaded walk respectively to bring home another run. Miranda Welch would also single down the left-field line to plate an additional run.
Both teams plated runs in the sixth inning as LU sent senior Brittany Gross home on a wild pitch while Darlin produced a RBI groundout.
PBA pushed across their final two runs in the bottom of the inning as Bouschet singled home Mari Stokes who led off with a double then a RBI sacrifice fly from Johnson brought home Bouschet.
Darlin took the loss in the circle for LU as she dropped to 6-22 on the season as she was tagged for 12 hits and nine runs (eight earned) with six walks and two strikeouts.
Three PBA hitters collected at least two hits with Lauren Powell and Stokes each finished 2-for-4 with a run scored while Johnson was a perfect 3-for-3 with five runs batted in. Bouschet scored three times.
Game two sent Donovan back to the circle but early exhaustion issues obviously effected the PBA pitcher as she allowed four runs in the first inning to LU and was removed from the game after only one inning of work.
Lynn jumped on Donovan in the first thanks to five hits including a Darlin double and a two-run single from Anne Marie Van Casteren. Kasey Murray added a run-scoring single as well.
LU starter Marianne Johnson (2-11) shut down the Sailfish in the first two innings as she held on to the 4-0 advantage. However, the Fish would get the bats going in a hurry in the third with three runs followed by six more in the fifth and a final three in the sixth inning to invoke the eight-run mercy rule in a 12-4 win.
After Donovan’s tough start, Parker (2-3) couldn’t have been much better as she limited LU to only three hits and no runs over the final five innings while walking one and striking out three batters.
After two quick outs began the Sailfish half of the third inning, the offense started to click as Powell singled followed by a RBI double from Welch. Another double by Stokes would follow suit to plate Welch while a run-scoring single by Bouschet brought the Fish within 4-3.
The big fifth frame was highlighted by hits from Stokes and Powell while walks to Johnson and Welch also brought home runs in addition to a Benito RBI groundout.
Johnson added a RBI single in the sixth to cap a big day at the plate while Walters also provided a run-scoring single. Karli Newton ended the contest on what would have been a bases-clearing triple to the right-field corner but with the run-rule taking place it would go in the books as a pinch-hit RBI single.
Powell was stellar once again at the top of the lineup with a 3-for-4 game while Welch, Stokes, and Bouschet all added two hits apiece in the middle of the lineup. Walters produced again at the catcher position with a 2-for-4 game two.
Van Casteren finished 2-for-3 for Lynn in game two.
The Sailfish now await word from Tigerville, South Carolina as to their matchup for the upcoming NCCAA South Regional Tournament to be played May 6-7. Stay tuned to PBASailfish.com for future updates on this tournament and the postseason schedule for the Fish.