Late Run Leads to PBA Win Over Florida Tech at Eckerd Invitational

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

Mary Pippin (Pictured) Went for Her Second Shutout of the Season on Friday Night with a 1-0 Win Over Florida Tech at the Eckerd Invitational. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Mary Pippin (Pictured) Went for Her Second Shutout of the Season on Friday Night with a 1-0 Win Over Florida Tech at the Eckerd Invitational. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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CLEARWATER, Fla.- They say good pitching and good defense wins games in softball. That simple theory continues to prove true in the early stages of the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball season as the Sailfish opened up play at the Eckerd College Invitational on Friday evening with a 1-0 win over Florida Tech. Now 3-0 on the season versus the Panthers, Palm Beach Atlantic pushed across an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning as junior Mary Pippin went the distance in claiming the win as PBA improves to 5-2 on the season.

Senior Mari Stokes scored the game winning run after she reached on an error in the sixth inning. Fellow senior Erica Walters would soon follow with a single that setup sophomore Lauren Powell smacking a single for the go-ahead run.

Pippin would take care of the rest as she set the Panthers (1-6) down in order in the seventh inning to complete the 1-0 shutout. She notched seven strikeouts in the circle while allowing just three hits as she improved to 3-1 on the season.

Walters finished 2-for-2 in the game for PBA while Powell was joined by sophomore Camille Benito and freshman Chelsie Hersey as the other players to register hits for the Fish.

Taylor Smith (0-4) took the loss for Florida Tech as she allowed five hits with one walk and a pair of strikeouts.

PBA will take on two more regional opponents on Saturday when they battle the University of West Florida at 4 pm and No. 21-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University at 6:30 pm. 

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