Sailfish Softball Breezes Past Fighting Knights with Double-Header Sweep

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

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team made easy work of Lynn University on Thursday afternoon as they defeated the Fighting Knights 5-1 and 12-0 at the McCusker Sports Complex on a warm and beautiful day for softball. The Sailfish received two outstanding pitching performances from junior Mary Pippin and senior Lauren Bubeck as the pair of victories improves PBA to 13-6 on the season while Lynn drops to 0-15.

The Sailfish (13-6) are coming off a 3-1 weekend at the Charger Chillout Tournament, hosted by the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Thursday’s action featured the same recipe for success as the Fish scored early and often while getting solid pitching.

Game One

Pippin (8-4) allowed only four hits and just one unearned in seven innings of work while tallying six strikeouts in the process.
PBA got an early lead for Pippin in the top of the first inning as sophomore Camille Beinto delivered two-out, run-scoring single up the middle to score junior Miranda Welch.

The Knights fired right back in their half of the first as Anne Marie Van Casteren doubled then came in to score on a Sailfish throwing error.

Palm Beach Atlantic took the lead back in the third on an infield hit by Mackenzie Johnson which plated catcher Erica Walters for a 2-1 PBA advantage.

The Sailfish added two more runs in the fifth as Benito led off the frame with a long homerun, her first of the season, while another run came home on a RBI single from Kara Anderson.

They would cap their scoring with another run in the top of the seventh inning as Kimberly Traxler led off with a single, stole second-base, and came in to score on an error.

PBA pounded out nine hits in the game with two hits each from Anderson and Benito. Benito finished with two runs batted in.

Callie Darlin (0took the loss for Lynn as she went four innings with six hits allowed with two walks.

Game Two

After five runs in the opening game the Fish offense really got in gear in game two with 12 hits and 12 runs scored.

This type of offensive performance is exactly what the PBA coaching staff had hoped would happen as they staked Bubeck the game two starter with a big, early lead.

As it would turn out, Bubeck wouldn’t need but just one run of support as she tossed a five-inning shutout while allowing only five hits and striking out seven.

After going scoreless in their first two innings, the Fish erupted for 11 runs in the third inning, their biggest one-inning output of the season.

The inning surrounded a difficult scene as LU catcher Danielle O’Rourke was injured in a collision on an infield popup. Taking every precaution, O’Rourke was taken from the field by stretcher and attended to by an ambulance called to the site.

Following the emotional moment the LU team understandably struggled.

LU starter Missy Montgomery was lifted following her three innings plus of work as she allowed ten hits and 11 runs, however only three runs proved to be earned.

Anderson added in two more hits in the win for PBA while she was joined at the top of the lineup by a productive day from Welch who finished 2-for-2 with three runs scored including a pair of walks.

Every PBA starter would register at least one hit in the victory as catcher Lauren Powell joined Anderson and Welch with two hits. Mari Stokes drove home a pair of runs while scoring two more.

The Fish return to action this weekend as they will travel to Tampa, Florida for a double-header versus the University of Tampa on Saturday, February 25th beginning at 3 pm.

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