Sailfish Settle for Saturday Split at Florida Tech
March 17, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MELBOURNE, Fla.- Following a ten day layoff the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team returned to action on Saturday as they took on Florida Tech at Nancy Bottge Field in Melbourne. After a 1-0 win in game one the Sailfish looked to make it a season sweep of five wins over the Panthers only to be shocked when FIT plated three runs in the bottom of the seventh of game two to earn a double-header split by a 4-3 final score.
The split leaves PBA with a record of 18-13 while FIT stands at 13-19. The Fish had swept the Panthers in their season opener earlier this season while also defeating them in a neutral site contest at the Eckerd College Invitational.
The opener featured a pitcher’s duel as PBA’s Mary Pippin (10-7) outdid FIT’s Brianna Barth (6-10) as the Fish scored a run in the top of the seventh to break a scoreless tie while Pippin completed the shutout with a scoreless bottom half of the seventh.
In a game that lasted only approximately an hour and a half, the Fish pushed across their run in the seventh when sophomore Lauren Powell smacked an infield single that plated Camille Benito for the game’s only run.
Pippin worked around a two-out double in the seventh by getting a groundout for the final play of the game.
Each team registered four hits in the game with Lisa Santos collecting a pair of hits on the Sailfish side.
The second game featured the Fish leading 2-1 entering the final inning of play before they added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to move ahead 3-1.
The Panthers would not be stopped however as they loaded the bases with one out and then received a RBI single by Kara Dickinson to cut the PBA lead to 3-2.
After PBA pitcher Lauren Bubeck (5-5) retired the next hitter on a foul out, that set the stage for a game-winning, two-run single by catcher Lindsy Dugan as Erica Tollett and Natalie Beach motored around to earn the walk-off win.
Bubeck took the loss as she went 6.2 innings of work while allowing four earned runs on nine hits with no walks and one strikeout.
Taylor Smith and Freddy Kraus (2-1) split the pitching duties for Florida Tech with Kraus going the final four innings and allowing six hits but only one run as she struck out three batters and earned the victory.
The Sailfish got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning as they rallied with two outs and nobody on. Santos singled followed by a run-scoring double by Benito while Mackenzie Johnson added a RBI single in the inning as well.
The final PBA run in the seventh came on another Johnson RBI single.
PBA produced 11 hits in game two with five different players posting two hits apiece.