Lady Sailfish Complete Tuesday Sweep of Eckerd College at Howard Park

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Eclipsing their win total from last season with their 23rd victory of the season on Tuesday evening, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team completed the double-header and season sweep of Eckerd College with a 3-1 win at Howard Park.

After taking the opener 5-0 and sweeping their double-header earlier in the season in St. Petersburg, PBA continues to improve as the club reached a season mark of 23-17 with their sweep of the Tritons on Tuesday.

The Fish once again got on the board early this time all three runs coming in the second inning.

Senior Holly Elliott (Seminole, Fla.) led off the inning with a single and moved up on a sacrifice bunt from designated player and fellow senior Andrea Fugate (Lake Wales, Fla.). Up next came first-baseman Cheryl Stephens (Canton, Ga.) who delivered an RBI single to left-field that score Sam Russo (Daytona, Fla.) who had entered the game as a pinch-runner.

Center-fielder Casey Gibson, who made one of the more spectacular catches of the season with a diving effort late in the game, stepped in next and smacked a sharp single up the middle that sent Stephens scampering home for the game’s second run. After stealing second and moving to third on a sacrifice bunt from Katie Medder (Miami, Fla.), Gibson came around to score on a throwing error from the Tritons catcher.

That would be all the run support that PBA hurler Heather Laird (Venice, Fla.) would need as the right-hander completed the game by allowing only the one run on a Jessica Pridemore RBI single in the fourth inning.

Overall, Laird limited the Eckerd College (5-29) lineup to only three hits while striking out three and walking four. Joining sophomore Ashley Jones (Venice, Fla.) in the 10 win column, Laird once again is proving to opposing teams she has the abilities to match up with anyone.

Limited to only six hits in the nightcap, the Sailfish were led by Gibson who finished 2-4 with a pair of stolen bases.

After a busy past couple of weeks, the Palm Beach Atlantic squad will get some much deserved rest with their next game not until Wednesday, March 26th when they travel to play rival Nova Southeastern University for a 5 pm showdown with the Sharks. PBA is 2-2 against NSU thus far this season having lost to the Sharks twice in tournaments and sweeping them at home earlier in the season

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