Sailfish Seek Answers as They Struggle on the Road at Florida Southern
March 31, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
LAKELAND, Fla.- Certain times each season every team has a stretch of games where they don’t play their best. It appears that the past week has been that for the 2012 Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team as they have now dropped seven games in a row after falling 4-2 and 6-0 to Florida Southern College on Saturday at a rain-soaked Barnett Field.
Play was delayed in the afternoon by heavy rain showers that struck central Florida before things dried out enough for the two NCAA South Region schools were able to get back out onto the field.
The victories for Florida Southern improves their record to 28-9 while the pair of defeats for PBA drops their record to 21-20.
The opening contest featured a pitching matchup of Palm Beach Atlantic’s Mary Pippin (12-10) and Florida Southern’s Christine Clark (20-4).
The contest would live up to the billing of a pitcher’s duel as neither offense could extend their lead early on.
A leadoff walk to Kara Anderson started the game for the Sailfish with her eventually scoring in the first inning as a FSC error allowed the speedy Anderson to race home.
The Moccasins responded in the bottom of the third inning as freshman Sam Gale launched a solo homerun. The Mocs responded with two more runs in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead as Clark helped her own cause with a RBI triple while another run came in to score on a PBA error.
PBA would draw slightly closer to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the fifth inning as senior catcher Erica Walters plated Kimberly Traxler with a run-scoring single.
FSC added an insurance run in the sixth as senior Randi Grimes popped a solo homer while Clark finished off the Fish in the seventh for the 4-2 win.
Clark scattered seven hits while striking out two in the victory while Pippin was tagged with the loss despite eight strikeouts.
Grimes finished with two of FSC’s five hits while seven different PBA hitters collected one hit each.
Chris Donovan would go to the circle in game two for PBA as she hoped to lead her team to a Saturday split as the visitors to Barnett Field. She would oppose Gale who went to the circle for FSC.
Christie Bailey began the scoring for the Mocs in the second inning with a two-run double while FSC added another run in the third on a Sailfish error.
The Mocs ended the night for Donovan in the sixth inning as they plated three more runs against Donovan before giving way to PBA reliever Lauren Bubeck.
Donovan finished with six runs allowed and nine hits registered against in 5.1 innings pitched.
Clark would come on for a two inning save as she struck out three batters following four scoreless innings from Gale (1-1) who allowed only four hits.
Dayna Hunn finished 3-for-3 for the Mocs while Sailfish senior shortstop Mari Stokes produced the only multi-hit game for the Fish in a 2-for-3 showing.
PBA has a quick turnaround for their next contest as they will host Nova Southeastern University on Monday, April 2nd at 5 pm for a double-header at the Lake Catherine Complex.