Barry University Flexes Their Muscle in Shutout Sweep of PBA
March 28, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- One night after dropping a pair or one-run contests to Nova Southeastern University on the road, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team returned home to the Lake Catherine Complex on Wednesday evening to take on No. 4-ranked Barry University. After falling in two close games their first time against the Bucs a few weeks ago, the Sailfish would struggle in the early stages of each game on Wednesday as the Bucs posted an 8-0 win in game one followed by a 6-0 win in the nightcap.
Now 30-5 on the season, the Bucs showed their worth with a big first inning in each game and then rode the strong pitching of senior Brianna Smith and junior Alexis Yohe as the tandem posted back-to-back shutouts over the Fish including a one-hitter by Yohe in the second game.
Opposing Smith in the circle for PBA in game one was senior Lauren Bubeck. The Tequesta, Florida native would be hit hard in her two innings of work as the Bucs scored twice in the first inning as Jessica Tabor singled home the game’s first run followed by a fielder’s choice by Brianna Smith that brought in a second run.
Three more scores in the second inning ended the night for Bubeck as Sarah Broseker blasted an opposite-field 2-run homerun while Alyssa Goldsmith began her big day with a RBI single to move the Bucs in front 5-0.
PBA reliever Chris Donovan would enter and throw effectively until the sixth inning when BU scored three more times and closed out the 8-0 win in only six innings.
The Sailfish (21-18) managed five hits in the game with no player registering a multi-hit game.
Smith posted the shutout for Barry with two strikeouts as she improved to 16-3 while Bubeck drops to 5-7.
Alyssa Goldsmith popped two homeruns in game two for Barry, one in each of the first two innings.
Her first was a 2-run homer in the first inning off PBA starter Mary Pippin (12-9) that was part of a five-run first inning for the Bucs.
Another solo shot by Goldsmith in the second inning gave the Bucs a 6-0 lead as Pippin settled in for the remainder of the game.
The only problem was the strong arm of Yohe who countered with an impressive performance that included only one-hit allowed, a sharp single by Kara Anderson in the fourth inning. Anderson was cut down trying to steal which allowed Yohe to face the minimum batters for the game.
Pippin allowed six earned runs on 11 hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Yohe struck out 12 batters with no walks in the seven inning shutout.
Goldsmith finished 3-for-3 with three runs driven in and two runs scored. Tabor added in two hits as did second-baseman Kelly Martinez.
The Sailfish will travel to Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, March 31st for a matchup with Florida Southern College in a double-header beginning at 3 pm.