Elliot and Company Power Sailfish to Easy Victory

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- Two homeruns from senior Holly Elliott along with the powerful swings of the rest of the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team helped lead the Sailfish to an easy 11-2 victory on Saturday in their first game of the day in the Barry University Tournament.

PBA’s starting second-baseman and a product of St. Petersburg Community College, Elliott paced the Sailfish offensive prowess against Millersville by driving in six runs while connecting for her first two homeruns of the season. Elliott also added in a double while scoring three runs.

The Fish didn’t waste many offensive opportunities in the game as they scored at least one run in each of the seven innings.

Senior Andrea Fugate (Lake Wales, Fla.) started in the pitching circle for PBA but for the second consecutive day battled with an illness and had to be removed after only 1 2/3 innings of work. Sophomore Heather Laird (Venice, Fla.) once again stepped up head coach Kimmy Bloemers by tossing the final 4 1/3 innings while holding the opponent scoreless. Laird also recorded five strikeouts while walking two batters.

Beyond Elliott’s big day at the plate, many other Sailfish performers put forth some great efforts. Freshman Abbey Shipman (Orlando, Fla.) chipped in three hits on the afternoon while driving in a run. Fellow freshman Sarah Bronson (Cape Coral, Fla.) added in a 2-4 showing at the plate with a double.

Freshman Katie Medder, playing in her hometown of Miami, Florida, finished the game 2-2 with three stolen bases as the speedy dual-sport threat continues to prove electric on the base-paths for the Fish.

Now 19-16 on the season, PBA completed their last two wins over Millersville (7-5) after winning a nail-bitter 1-0 yesterday in the first day of the Barry Tournament.

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