Softball Bats Get Hot as the Fish Sweep Away St. Thomas in Dominating Fashion

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Kara Anderson (Pictured) Slides in Safely to Third-Base in a Recent Game. Anderson Was 3-for-3 in Game One of PBA's Double-Header Sweep of St. Thomas on Thursday. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.Kara Anderson (Pictured) Slides in Safely to Third-Base in a Recent Game. Anderson Was 3-for-3 in Game One of PBA's Double-Header Sweep of St. Thomas on Thursday. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.

Box Score

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- One night after splitting a double-header with Florida Southern College behind some inconsistent play, the Sailfish softball team was clicking on all cylinders on Thursday night as they swept St. Thomas University at the Lake Catherine Complex. The Fish pounded out 14 hits while scoring 15 runs in the sweep as they knocked off the Bobcats by the scores of 6-1 and 9-1.

The Sailfish (23-19) consistently worked the count in their favor against a total of four different STU (15-11) hurlers while also taking advantage of some Bobcats miscues in the field.

On the flip side the Sailfish received solid pitching from both Mary Pippin and Kayti Lundin with the right-handed duo each tossing a complete game victory.

Game One

The Fish wasted little time in pressuring the Bobcats as they plated two runs each in the first and second innings against STU starting pitcher, Cristina Sacramento (Loss, 6-3).

PBA had revenge perhaps on their mind facing the Bobcats who swept the Fish a few weeks ago in Miami Gardens in a pair of games that found PBA seeking time and time again for a big hit.

Chelsie Hersey began a one-out rally in the bottom of the first inning with a single and then alertly moved into scoring position on a STU outfielder’s bobble.

A few batters later Camille Benito cashed in on a sacrifice fly while Lindsey Johnson came home to score a run later in the frame on a passed ball by the STU catcher.

Kara Anderson ignited the second inning rally with a single, stolen base and then eventually coming in on another STU passed ball. Brittany Jones delivered a RBI double later in the frame to plate Jen Hunter.

PBA remained in front 4-0 until the fourth inning when they scored their final two runs. Anderson led off the frame with her team-best fifth triple of the season then came in promptly on a Hunter RBI single. A pitching change would follow however a RBI groundout later in the frame from Lauren Powell gave the Fish a 6-0 lead.

Although St. Thomas would tack on a run in the fifth inning, Pippin (Win, 7-4) would basically cruise throughout the game for the win. She finished with five strikeouts against just one walk while allowing only four hits on a very efficient night.

Anderson finished 3-for-3 in game one to lead the PBA offensive charge while Hunter added in a 2-for-2 performance with a pair of runs scored.

Game Two

Lundin (Win, 4-7) backed up her solid start yesterday versus Florida Southern College with another impressive performance in the pitcher’s circle against the Bobcats as she limited them to only five hits while registering a career-high six strikeouts. The Forsyth, Ill. native did not allow an earned run.

 After scoring early in game one, it would take the Fish a second time through the batting order in game two before notching a run on the scoreboard. But when they did break through they did in bunches.

The Sailfish saw 13 batters come to the plate in a fateful fourth inning of game two as STU’s decision to lift starting pitcher Carson Catasus came back to bite the Bobcats with a big inning.

PBA plated nine runs in the frame while shutting down the Bobcats’ offense in the fifth inning for a mercy-rule win.

The patience of the PBA hitters proved important as they managed only one hitter with a multi-hit game in Hunter who was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a run driven in.

The Fish will wrap up their 2013 home slate on Monday, April 15 at 5 pm for Senior Night as they will welcome in Florida Tech for a double-header at the Lake Catherine Complex.

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