PBA Softball Comes Up Short in Knocking Off Flagler College
March 7, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- Hoping to collect a big win or two on the road on Wednesday afternoon in St. Augustine, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team fell short in their efforts as they were handed 6-2 and 1-0 losses to Flagler College. The Saints improve to 19-7 while the Sailfish drop to 17-12 as Flagler lived up to their billing as a team who has spent a majority of the season ranked in the top-25 of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll.
The Saints scored all six of their runs in game one with two outs as they led 3-0 before a two-run inning by the Sailfish in the sixth inning cut into their lead. Flagler would push back in front by a more comfortable margin with a three-run inning of their own in the bottom of the sixth.
Breezy Collins did enough offensive damage in game two as it was her solo homerun that led Flagler to a 1-0 win over PBA despite an outstanding effort by senior pitcher Lauren Bubeck as the Saints marched on for the sweep.
Sailfish starter Mary Pippin was touched for 10 hits allowed and six earned runs in the opener as her season record drops to 9-7. Pippin walked two and struck out two in six innings of work.
Trailing 3-0 entering the sixth inning, PBA cut the FC lead to 3-2 when junior Miranda Welch came through with a sacrifice fly while later in the inning a Lisa Santos RBI single brought in another run.
After Pippin retired the first two Flagler batters in the bottom of the inning the Saints would erupt as they collected four straight hits including a run-scoring double by Lauren Bessent and a 2-run single by Tori Jolley.
PBA produced only five hits in the game against Kalyn Loverich with no batter having more than one hit.
A pitching battle from the start, Bubeck matched up inning after inning with Flagler starter Katie Enright.
Bubeck would allow only five hits and two walks while Enright issued three walks and allowed four hits.
Collins delivered the decisive homerun with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Sailfish brought the potential tying run to third-base in the top of the seventh inning but could not score as Enright earned her fourth win of the 2012 campaign.
Collins finished 2-for-3 for Flagler in the game while Kimberly Traxler had two hits and reached base three times in the loss for Palm Beach Atlantic.
The Fish will have the remainder of the week off for Spring Break.