Palm Beach Atlantic Earns Double-Header Sweep Over Colorado Christian
February 14, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team welcomed in Colorado Christian University on Tuesday evening at the Lake Catherine Complex for a Valentine’s Day double-header. A first-year NCAA Division II program who also participated in the Eckerd College Invitational last weekend, the CCU Cougars would put forth a strong showing but fall short in knocking off the more experienced Sailfish. PBA earned a 4-1 win in game one before enacting the eight-run mercy rule in game two with a 9-1 victory.
Pitchers Mary Pippin (5-3) and Chris Donovan (1-1) each went the distance in their respective games for Palm Beach Atlantic as the Fish improve to 8-5 on the season. The Cougars drop to 2-5 following the sweep after earning victories over the weekend against NCAA South Region foes Lynn University and Eckerd College.
Pippin shook off some trouble in the first and second innings that saw the Cougars have a base runner reach scoring position in each frame to claim another strong outing. She would go the full seven innings while allowing only five hits and registering six strikeouts.
PBA would post the game’s first run in the bottom of the second inning as Eric Walters and Lauren Powell began the inning with back-to-back singles followed by a run-scoring single later in the inning by junior Lisa Santos.
CCU would tie the score at one an inning later as Melanie Lusi came in to score on a Shelbi Long RBI single.
The Fish put the pressure back on in the bottom of the fourth as Mackenzie Johnson singled home a run followed later in the inning by another run-scoring base hit by Santos to push PBA to a 3-1 lead.
PBA added another run in the fifth for the final 4-1 advantage on a RBI single by Powell.
The Fish finished with nine hits including two each by Walters, Powell, and Santos.
The Fish would score early and often in game two as they tallied a run each in the first and third sandwiched around a big four-run outburst in the second inning.
Another run in the fifth set up a two-run sixth inning as the game would end following a two-run single by Johnson as the score closed out at 9-1 in the sixth inning.
PBA got things started in the first inning with a sacrifice fly RBI by senior Mari Stokes as they staked Donovan to the early lead.
A one-out single by freshman Chelsie Hersey got the rally started in the second-inning before four straight PBA hits moved the runners around. The biggest hit of the inning came from Walters who registered a two-run single while Stokes added a run-scoring single of her own before coming in to score later in the inning.
A Johnson homerun, her first of the spring, gave PBA another run in the third inning while a Santos RBI single in the fifth inning provided another run.
Donovan gave the Fish a strong outing in the circle as she went the distance to earn her first victory of the season. The Gainesville, Florida native allowed six hits with one strikeout in six innings of work.
Hannah Rapoport took the loss for CCU as she pitched two different stints in the game while allowing 12 hits and eight runs over the course of three innings of work.
Kara Anderson finished 4-of-4 at the top of the PBA lineup while scoring two runs. Miranda Welch was joined by Powell and Johnson as players with multi-hit games. Johnson drove in three runs.
Stokes and Walters each finished with two runs driven in.
The Fish will now prepare for their second big tournament in as many weekends. The Sailfish will be competing beginning on Friday, February 17 at the University of Alabama-Huntsville Tournament in Decatur, Alabama. The team will play six games in three days.