Sailfish and Sharks Register Split on Monday Evening
April 2, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team broke their recent losing streak on Monday night as they squared off against Nova Southeastern University for the second time in a week’s span. The Fish connected for two homeruns in the opener as they backed an outstanding outing by junior pitcher Mary Pippin for a 3-1 win before falling 6-2 in the nightcap. The split puts PBA’s season record to 22-21.
After a pair of 2-1 defeats to the Sharks (26-19) a week ago in Fort Lauderdale, the Sailfish (22-21) knew they would be in for another tough evening against NSU starter Sara DeMuth. DeMuth combined for 26 strikeouts her first time through against PBA in two wins last week.
This time it would be Pippin (13-11) who would get the best of the pitcher’s duel as she went seven strong innings and allowed only one run, a solo homerun to NSU first-baseman Chelsea Emery, as PBA came through with a 3-1 win.
Pippin received some backing with a monstrous 2-run homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning by PBA first-baseman Camille Benito as she put her team on top 2-1.
Senior catcher Erica Walters added in a solo homer in the fifth off DeMuth to give PBA a 3-1 lead.
Pippin would do the rest as she registered five strikeouts and got heavy-hitting NSU batter Laura Salidrigas to line-out with a runner aboard to close out the game.
DeMuth took the loss with five strikeouts and five hits allowed.
Pippin and DeMuth would each go back to the circle in game two but this time it would be DeMuth earning the victory.
Pippin allowed a 2-run homer to NSU catcher Gina Bondarenko in the top of the second-inning before pushing across a run of their own in the bottom of the inning on a solo blast from sophomore Mackenzie Johnson.
After a Katie Kelton sacrifice fly brought in another run in the top of the third inning, the Sailfish hurler’s day would be finished in the fourth as Bondarenko connected for her second homer with a solo bomb that gave her team a 4-1 lead.
Seniors Chris Donovan and Lauren Bubeck entered consecutively in relief for PBA with Donovan tossing 1.2 innings while Bubeck earned two scoreless innings of work.
PBA pushed across another run in the bottom of the seventh against NSU reliever Salidrigas as Walters doubled home a run.
DeMuth went five innings with four hits allowed for the victory.
Johnson finished 2-for-3 to lead the Sailfish hitting efforts including a homer and a double.
PBA will have the next stretch off from game action as they will battle Northwood University on Tuesday, April 10th at 2 pm for their next double-header.