Sailfish Hold On For Sweep Versus Northwood on Tuesday
April 10, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A late-inning rally aided by some rare Sailfish pitching wildness nearly cost the Palm Beach Atlantic softball team a chance at a softball double-header sweep on Tuesday afternoon versus Northwood University. In the end however the Fish would hold off the Seahawks rally and then claim a game two win in extra innings by the score of 6-5. The Fish were also victorious in game one by a final tally of 3-1.
The double-header was the first games for PBA in over a week as they improved their overall record to 24-21 while their cross-town rivals drop to 8-21 for the season.
Through the first innings it appeared as if Northwood right-hander Rachel Dirks would get the best of the Sailfish hitters as NU led 1-0 as they were able to push across an early run against PBA hurler Mary Pippin.
The Sailfish bats would finally start to see their efforts pay off however beginning in the top of the fifth inning as Miranda Welch drew a bases-loaded walk followed by a Lisa Santos RBI single to move in front 2-1.
Palm Beach Atlantic added an insurance run in the seventh as Santos delivered again with another run-scoring hit to move in front 3-1.
Pippin did the rest as she managed seven strikeouts in the win while allowing only five hits, one earned run and two walks.
The Fish produced nine hits in the win led by Santos 3-for-4 game while Kara Anderson and Kimberly Traxler each chipped in two hits apiece.
Bethany Lawrence was 2-for-3 for the Seahawks.
The Sailfish looked in full command of game two after six innings as they led 5-1 entering what they hoped would be the final frame. Things changed in a hurry however as NU worked a number of walks with some key base-hits to tie the score at 5-5 after seven innings were completed.
Thankfully for the Fish they were able to push across a run on a Santos RBI groundout in the top of the eighth inning while Pippin came on to preserve the win and pick up her second victory in the circle on the day.
Senior Lauren Bubeck went the first 4.1 innings in the circle as she allowed seven hits and three runs while walking five batters. Fellow senior Chris Donovan went the next 2.2 innings but was also struck by some wildness as she walked six batters while allowing two runs and two hits.
On the Seahawks side it would be Michelle Crompton in the circle as she later gave way to Macy Morgan who would not allow an earned-run in 3.2 innings of work.
The Sailfish struck first with a single run in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead as the Fish scored twice on Seahawks’ errors.
After the Hawks cut the PBA lead to 2-1 with a run of their own in the bottom of the second, the Fish would respond with two runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to move in front 5-1.
Mackenzie Johnson produced a RBI single in the fifth to score a run while Brianna Parker also came through with a RBI single in the inning. Mari Stokes provided some more insurance with a run-scoring single in the sixth.
Facing Donovan to start the seventh and later Bubeck back in as relief, the Seahawks would produce four runs on three hits, a hit-by-pitch and one PBA error as a walk to Chelsea Labrador brought in the tying run. A groundout to third-base would get the Fish out of the jam.
PBA managed to score the go-ahead run in the top-of-the-eighth and then secured a double-play to end the game as a fly-out to Welch in left-field then saw her gun down the potential tying run trying to score from third on the tag.
In addition to her big defensive play to end the game, Welch also finished 2-for-4 with the bat while Johnson (4-for-4) and Stokes (3-for-5) also produced memorable performances.
PBA will take on Florida Southern College on Thursday, April 12th at 6 pm with a double-header at the Lake Catherine Complex.