Sailfish Fall Short Against Nova Southeastern in Game One

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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DAVIE, Fla.- Taking on rival Nova Southeastern University for the first of two games on Wednesday evening, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team got behind early and could never recover in the opener as the Sharks prevailed by a final score of 6-3.

While small in stature at only 5’2”, Sharks pitcher Dani Caron continued to give the Sailfish lineup fits as she struck out six batters and held PBA to only five hits and two earned runs in completing the game in the pitching circle.

Head coach Kimmy Bloemers utilized two hurlers for the Sailfish with senior Andrea Fugate getting the starting nod before giving way to sophomore Heather Laird midway through the fourth inning.

The Sailfish got the scoring started in the first inning as leadoff hitter Rebecca Bolinger led off with a single and moved up to second-base on an error by the Sharks. She would come around to score on an RBI single just inside the first-base bag by sophomore Chelsea Gravini.

NSU wouldn’t stand pat however as they took the lead right back with two runs of their in their half of the first and took a lead they would never relinquish.

Speedsters Noemi Luciani and Rachel Talenfeld both reached to begin the inning for the Sharks while coming around to score on a two-run single by freshman Brooke Mitchell after a long battle with Fugate, fouling off a number of pitches in a row before delivering the sharp single to left-field.

PBA would draw closer with a pair of runs in the fifth inning but that would be as close as things would get for the visiting Fish as Caron settled down and eventually took the victory.

Gravini finished with two of PBA’s five hits while also driving in two runs. Bolinger scored twice from the leadoff spot.

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