Softball Continues Solid Run with a Saturday Split at Charger Chillout
February 18, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
DECATUR, Ala.- After a pair of shutouts to start play on Friday at the Charger Chillout, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team came out on Saturday to more frigid temperatures for two more quality opponents. Down to their final out in game one against Kentucky Wesleyan College, the Fish rallied for a game-tying run and then secured an extra inning wins at 6-5. The Fish had less success against No. 2-ranked Alabama-Huntsville in game two as the Chargers claimed a 10-0 win.
Now 3-1 in tournament play, the Sailfish season record now stands at 11-6 with one more day left in Decatur, Alabama at the Charger Chillout on Sunday. With the potential for rain playing a factor in Sunday’s schedule, the team will possibly have their schedule change.
Saturday’s first game saw seniors Lauren Bubeck and Chris Donovan combine to go eight innings with Donovan earning the victory in relief.
Palm Beach Atlantic fell behind 1-0 as KWC posted a run in the top of the second inning on a Sailfish error. The Fish would fight back with a single run in the second and third inning before adding on two more runs to take a 4-1 lead after four innings of play.
Sophomore Mackenzie Johnson tied the score in the second inning with a solo homerun, her second of the season, while PBA added another run in the third on a run-scoring single by senior Mari Stokes.
The fourth inning witnessed a Lisa Santos run-scoring double while Miranda Welch chipped in with a bases-loaded walk.
Following a solid four inning stint with three hits and one run allowed, Bubeck turned the ball over to Donovan. After retiring the Panthers in order in the fifth inning, Donovan ran into trouble in the sixth as Ress Joclyn delivered an opposite-field, three-run homerun to tie the score at 4-4.
An inning later the Panthers went in front 5-4 as Meagan Sallee stroked a RBI single following a PBA error earlier in the inning.
After the first two PBA batters were retired in the bottom of the seventh, Lauren Powell would draw a walk and then come in to score the tying run a batter later when Camille Benito smacked a run-scoring triple just inside the right-field line to tie the score again at 5-5.
Donovan would shut down the KWC lineup in order in the top of the eighth and with pinch-runner Brittany Schneider placed on second base to start the PBA half of the inning, per International rules, the Fish saw Santos smoke a ball down the right-field line for the game-winner.
Santos finished 2-for-4 in the win with a pair of RBI’s while Benito also produced a pair of hits.
Taking on the host UAH Chargers directly following their extra innings win over Kentucky Wesleyan, the Sailfish hoped to ride their momentum and junior pitcher Mary Pippin against the powerhouse Chargers program.
From the start however things would go in the Chargers favor as they took advantage of two PBA errors in the first inning to push across a pair of runs.
The Chargers (7-0) would add two more runs in the second inning while posting a five-spot of runs in the fifth inning to close out the 10 win in five innings.
UAH hitters Kelli Long and Stephanie Needham each produced homeruns in the win while UAH’s pitcher, Whitney Toler, went the distance in claiming the shutout win.
Pippin was relieved after four innings of work with senior Lauren Bubeck registering a relief outing.
Benito produced two more hits for PBA with the team collecting four total hits.
Stay tuned to PBASailfish.com for updates on the schedule for Sunday.