PBA Softball Team Experiences Heartbreak Two Times Over with Pair of 2-1 Losses at Nova Southeastern
March 27, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team dropped a pair of games on Tuesday evening at the hands of Nova Southeastern University as they were defeated 2-1 in 10 innings in game one followed by another 2-1 loss in game two. A Laura Saladrigras walk-off double in the tenth inning sunk the Sailfish in the opener while the Sharks leaned heavily on pitcher Sara DeMuth by allowing her to pitch both games as she tallied hard-fought victories in the circle in each game.
The sweep by Nova Southeastern puts their record at 21-18 on the season while Palm Beach Atlantic drops to 21-16
DeMuth (16-14) matched up with PBA’s Mary Pippin (12-8) in the opening game with each hurler keeping the opposition from tallying much offense. It would take extra frames for the game to be decided.
The Sharks took the early lead in the first inning when they pushed across a run against Pippin as Lorena Spaulding led off with a single, stole second-base and then came around to score on Katie Kelton sacrifice fly.
The score would remain 1-0 in favor of the home team until the top of the sixth inning when Sailfish junior Miranda Welch smoked a one-out triple into the right-field corner followed one batter later by Lisa Santos providing a run on a groundout.
Both pitchers would continue to dominate until the bottom of the tenth inning as Saladrigas drove a Pippin offering into the left-centerfield for a game-ending double.
Pippin allowed only five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts in the loss while DeMuth posted 13 strikeouts with six hits allowed.
DeMuth went back to the circle in game two and posted another 13 strikeout performance as she opposed PBA’s Chris Donovan (4-2) in the circle this time around.
Palm Beach Atlantic struck first in game two as Kara Anderson walked to start the game followed by back-to-back hits from Welch and Santos as the latter brought home a run.
Donovan’s shutout would be ruined in the bottom of the second inning when DeMuth helped her own cause with a one-out triple to leftfield followed by a Chelsea Emery single to tie the game.
Things remained 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning when NSU put together some late magic again as Emery posted a sac fly RBI that plated the go-ahead run.
DeMuth tallied her 26th strikeout of the day to end the game as NSU held on for the important NCAA South Region sweep.
Donovan allowed two runs on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
The Fish will have little time to rest as they will battle Barry University on Wednesday at 5 pm at the Lake Catherine Sportsplex.