PBA Softball Pulls Off Mercy Rule Win Over No. 9-Ranked Barry to Split Double-Header
February 26, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team shook off a tight 3-1 loss in their first game against Barry University on Wednesday evening to the tune of a 10-0 shellacking of the No. 9-ranked (NFCA) Buccaneers in game two to split a South Region double-header at Buccaneer Field. Sophomore Aubree Murphy went the necessary five innings in the night cap to improve to 3-0 on the season while PBA is now 11-2 on the year.
The opener saw the ‘Fish jump out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning before Barry (10-2) starting pitcher Britney Pugh (Win, 4-0) would settle in and be in control for the remainder of the game.
Stephanie Garrels began the game with a single, moved to second-base on a sacrifice bunt from Theresa Butler and then came home to score on a Lindsey Johnson double, already her seventh two-bagger of the year in just 13 games.
The Sailfish would remain on top 1-0 until the bottom of the third inning as BU got to PBA reliever Kayti Lundin (Loss, 3-1) for an unearned run following an error and an RBI single from first-baseman Julie Brito.
The Bucs then added the go-ahead runs in the fourth inning as shortstop Ashley Fernandez lined a RBI double and another insurance run came in to score on a groundout.
Pugh would hand the ball off to Bucs’ reliever Taylor Sabol (Save, 2) with one out in the top of the seventh and a runner on. A popup and a groundout later and the Bucs would take the opener 3-1.
Lundin took the loss for PBA but did not pitch poorly as she allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout over four innings of work.
Both teams managed five hits each with Garrels and Lindsey Johnson each posting two hits.
With Amber Johnson not able to make the game two start due to injury, Murphy (Win, 3-0) stepped in and tossed her second shutout in as many outings by allowing just four hits over five innings as PBA pounded out 13 hits and scored 10 runs in game two.
Murphy allowed just four hits while walking two and striking out two batters in the process.
The PBA offense more than aided the Sailfish right-hander by scoring a pair of runs in the first inning and then putting the game out of reach with six more in the second and another pair in the fourth.
Senior Jen Hunter connected for a RBI single in the first inning to plate the game’s first run while another run came in to score on one of Barry’s three errors in the game.
The six spot in the second frame included a RBI single from Garrels, a two-run single from Butler and a two-run double by senior Mackenzie Johnson.
The team’s final scoring came via a sacrifice fly RBI from freshman catcher Shelby Wood in the fourth inning while an error on a batted ball from Chelsie Hersey gave the Fish double-digit runs.
Garrels set the tone at the top of the lineup and finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in the contest while Hunter, Camille Benito, Butler and Mackenzie Johnson all registered multi-hit games.
Camille Czarnecki (Loss 4-1) was handed her first loss of the season as she went only 1.1 innings in two combined appearances in the game while allowing four hits and two runs (one earned).
The Sailfish will take on another nationally-ranked team in Florida Tech (No. 18, NFCA) for their next double-header which will take place on Saturday, Mar. 1st in Melbourne beginning with a first pitch of 1 pm.