Softball Shutout by Tampa Before Offense Explodes in Win Over Eckerd College

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

Box Score

CLEARWATER, Fla.- Battling their fourth and fifth opponents in three days at the Eckerd College Invitational, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team dropped a 7-0 decision on Sunday morning to No. 19-ranked University of Tampa before storming back for a 12-1 win in five innings over Eckerd in their final game. The Spartans posted a no-hit effort against PBA while the Fish took out their frustrations a game later with 13 hits against the Tritons.

The Sailfish (6-5) finished 2-3 for the tournament as they defeated Florida Tech and Eckerd College while dropping decisions to the University of West Florida, No. 21-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University, and No. 19-ranked Tampa.

Game One

The Sailfish knew they would have their hands full in taking on Tampa in their first game as the Spartans return one of the most talented teams and pitching staffs in the NCAA South Region.

Instead of taking on UT’s Deanna Henriott in the pitcher’s circle, the Fish were up against a new UT ace in Kayla Cox, a transfer from North Carolina State University.

Cox dominated from the start as she struck out the PBA side in the first inning and would go on to hurl a no-hitter while totaling 12 strikeouts in seven innings. Her only blemish was two walks.

PBA countered with junior Mary Pippin who gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in four innings of work before handing the ball on to senior Lauren Bubeck who allowed four runs in two innings of work.

With the score 3-0 in the sixth inning in favor of the Spartans, UT third-baseman Susan Jallo connected for a 3-run homerun to break the game open and lead the team to victory.

Game Two

Palm Beach Atlantic wasted little time in getting their first hit against Eckerd in their second game of the day as Miranda Welch collected a single in the first inning that was the first of four straight hits for the PBA offense.

The Fish plated three runs in the first as Lauren Powell, Mackenzie Johnson, and Lisa Santos all collected RBI’s in the inning.

The Blue and White weren’t done with just a productive first inning as they plated three more runs in the second inning and two more in the third. A four-run outburst in the fourth inning put the stamp on a blowout win for the Fish.

Sophomore Camille Benito doubled home a run in the second inning while Santos added in another RBI single.

The third featured Kara Anderson scoring on a wild pitch while Benito singled home another run. The fourth inning saw PBA take advantage of four EC errors as they put the game out of reach.

Anderson finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs scored while Santos also provided a three-hit game as she went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI’s. Benito was joined by seniors Mari Stokes and Erica Walters as players who registered two hits apiece.

Senior Chris Donovan made the start in the circle for PBA and went the first 2.1 innings as she allowed five hits and three walks with only one run scored. Pippin provided relief and earned the win as she went the next 2.2 innings and did not allow a run with only one hit. She struck out five batters.

The Sailfish will welcome in Colorado Christian University on Tuesday, February 14th at 5 pm for a double-header before heading north to the University of Alabama-Huntsville next weekend to compete in another three-day tournament. 

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