Softball Unable to Complete Sweep as They Win the First and Drop the Second Game to Saint Leo
March 24, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- After triumphing 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel in game one of Saturday’s double-header with Saint Leo University the Sailfish softball team was upended in game two with a late rally by the Lions as they salvaged a split with an 8-7 win. Mary Pippin went the distance in game one as both teams scored in the first inning followed by six straight innings of scoreless action.
Pippin (12-7) would square off against Saint Leo (17-21) starter Megan Still (6-12) in the opener with SLU jumping in front 1-0 in the first following back-to-back doubles from McKenzie Burns and Alex Garris while catcher Brittany Yates brought in the run with a RBI bunt.
The Fish fired back in the bottom of the first inning when junior Lisa Santos smashed her first homerun of the season as she plated herself along with Kara Anderson for a 2-1 lead.
From that point it would be both pitchers settling down and putting up zeroes on the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Pippin allowed only four hits and one run with two walks and six strikeouts while Still allowed five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Santos finished 2-for-3 in the game as the only player to register a multi-hit game for either team.
After the pitcher’s duel took place in game one, both teams bats would erupt in game two as each team would feel the need to answer each other’s rallies with ones of their own.
Palm Beach Atlantic was the first to strike in the bottom of the second inning as Mackenzie Johnson singled home Lauren Powell who led off the frame with a double.
Saint Leo took the lead back in the top of the fourth inning when the Lions took advantage of a throwing error by PBA while a Kaitlynn Diaz single drove in another run.
PBA would answer right back in their half of the fourth as Johnson delivered another RBI single while Ashley Roberts added a pinch-hit RBI single for another run coming in to score for a 4-2 Sailfish lead.
That lead would be short-lived however as SLU brought in two more runs in the top of the fifth inning thanks to four hits and one error from the PBA defense to retake the lead.
The Fish produced two more runs on one swing in their half of the fifth as sophomore Camille Benito blasted her fourth homer of the Spring, this time a 2-run shot that also plated Santos for another PBA lead.
Once again quickly answering the PBA attack was Saint Leo in the top of the sixth as a 2-run triple by Garris brought home the tying and go-ahead run.
PBA would tie things up a final time at 7-7 in the sixth inning as Anderson singled, stole second, advanced to third on an error and then came home to score on a Miranda Welch RBI single to right-field.
The Lions would push across the final run of the game in the top of the seventh on a bases-loaded single by Burns off PBA reliever Lauren Bubeck.
Still relived SLU starting pitcher Ashley Ehlers and picked up the win as she worked around a Lions error in the seventh inning to post a 1-1 record for the day.
Chris Donovan went the first 5.1 innings for Palm Beach Atlantic in the pitcher’s circle and allowed nine hits on seven runs (three earned) with three walks and one strikeout.
Bubeck (5-6) allowed only one hit with one earned run in 1.2 innings as she took the loss.
Still tossed the final 2.1 innings of work with only two hits and one run (zero earned) allowed with three strikeouts.
Benito finished 2-for-4 for PBA as did Stokes and Johnson who managed a 2-for-3 with two runs driven in.
Four Saint Leo hitters came through with two hits apiece with Garris leading the team with two runs driven in.
The Fish will be in action on Wednesday, March 28th in their next outing when they host Barry University at 5 pm for a double-header.