PBA Softball Closes Out the Season with a Strong Senior Night Performance Against the Seahawks
April 25, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team earned their 30th win of the season on Wednesday evening in their final double-header of the season as the Sailfish celebrated Senior Night with a pair of lop-sided losses against West Palm Beach rival Northwood University. The landmark win gives the Fish their fourth 30-win season in the last five years as they punished NU pitching to the tune of 11-3 and 9-1 mercy-rule wins.
The program’s six senior were honored between games as the many parents, family members, friends, fans and others were on hand to pay tribute to the 2012 class of PBA softball players. Those six players were Brittany Schneider, Lauren Bubeck, Kimberly Traxler, Erica Walters, Chris Donovan and Mari Stokes as each was honored for their service in a Sailfish uniform.
The wins close out PBA’s season as they finish 30-21 including closing out the season on an eight-game win streak. With a strong core group of players returning next year, the Fish will work towards building even better teams into the future.
Donovan earned the start in game one for PBA and despite allowing a couple of first-inning baserunners she held the NU offense at bay early.
The Sailfish offense wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard as four runs came around to score in the bottom of the first inning.
Lisa Santos drilled a one-out double to bring home Kara Anderson for the first run followed later in the frame by a RBI single from Camille Benito, a run-scoring double by Stokes and another run scoring on Seahawks error.
The Seahawks wouldn’t stay off the board for long however as they plated three runs in the top of the second inning to cut the deficit to 4-3. Bethany Lawrence and Kayla Saastamoinen each contributed RBI hits in the inning.
Another Santos RBI single came in the second inning as PBA moved in front 5-0. The big output for PBA came an inning later in the third as they plated five more runs to make it a blowout.
Santos provided the big blow with a 3-run homerun in the frame while Anderson added a RBI double as well.
An Erica Walters double in the fourth inning gave the Sailfish a lead enough for the eight-run mercy rule.
Donovan went five strong innings with three runs allowed (two earned) including seven hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
Santos was a perfect 3-for-3 with five runs driven in and two runs scored while Mackenzie Johnson and Anderson each added in a pair of hits.
The Fish put the exact same lineup out for game two except for their starting pitcher which was filled by Bubeck who followed up Donovan’s solid game one outing with one of her own in the nightcap.
Bubeck would end up going the necessary five innings to pick up her seventh win of the season while posting six strikeouts and no walks while allowing just five hits and one run in the 9-1 victory.
The Hawks struck first as they pushed across a first inning run thanks to a double-steal. PBA tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a Benito RBI single.
After a scoreless second inning the Fish would unload for three runs in the third and four more in the fourth as they jumped up big once again.
Stokes contributed a RBI single in the third inning while Traxler also registered a RBI hit. Benito recorded a 2-run single in the fourth to plate two runs while Powell added a 2-run double to continue the hit parade.
A walk-off hit from Benito in the bottom of the fifth scored Anderson as she capped a big game two at the plate with her team’s ninth run.
Benito finished 3-for-4 with four runs driven in and two scored. Anderson was 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot with four runs scored and four stolen bases. Miranda Welch and Stokes each registered two hits.