Offense Sputters as Sailfish Close Out Split with Gannon University

Elliott and Russo Turn the Double-PlayElliott and Russo Turn the Double-Play

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After walking away with an exciting 1-0 victory in game one of their double-header with Gannon University on Friday night, Palm Beach Atlantic University head softball coach Kimmy Bloemers looked to add some offensive punch to her lineup in game two but unfortunately the Sailfish weren’t able to get the big hit when they needed it and fell 3-2 in the nightcap.

With five new starters into the lineup for game two, PBA looked to shake their recent offensive woes but managed just four hits and two runs off Gannon starting pitcher Kelsey Brickman.

Things started out well for the PBA offense as the Sailfish pushed across a run in their opening plate appearance as right-fielder Becca Bolinger (Upland, Ind.) reached on an error to start the game before moving up to second-base on the over-throw by the GU third-baseman.

After a Dani Perrotti (Orlando, Fla.) sacrifice bunt put Bolinger into scoring position, the GU defense would take care of the scoring as a wild pitch sent Bolinger racing for home as the former Eastbrook High School standout slid just ahead of the tag for the game’s first run.

Poised with a 1-0 lead, freshman hurler Heather Laird (Venice, Fla.) looked sharp until running into some trouble in the third inning as GU first-baseman Shelly Landis connected for a homerun which tied the game at one run apiece.

GU would follow with a run in the fourth inning as well when Chastity Guerrero produced a run-scoring single before Laird could escape the jam with no more runs coming home to score.

The Fish would respond in their half of the inning however as freshman shortstop Caitlin Bouschet (Lake Worth, Fla.) led off with a hard single followed up closely by a sacrifice bunt from double-play partner Holly Elliot (Orlando, Fla.). Left-fielder Chelsea Gravini, a native of Orlando, Florida as well, smashed an opposite-field double that sent Bouschet in to tie the game.

For the third straight inning, the Gannon University squad would answer with a run of their own, this time off of an RBI single from left-fielder Carol Kienzl to give the Golden Knights what would turn out to be the game-winning run as Brickman worked in and out of trouble the rest of the way but eventually earned the hard-fought victory.

Kienzl finished game two with a 3-for-4 performance at the place while catcher Kara Hensley also continued her good work from the opening game with a 2-3 performance with the bat.

Bolinger returned to the top of the Sailfish lineup in game two and responded with two hits in four at-bats while also scoring a run. Bouschet and Gravini were the only other PBA hitters to record base-hits.

PBA will take the remainder of the week off before heading to Kissimmee, Florida on Tuesday, March 4th to begin play in the Rebel Springs tournament that afternoon.

Stay tuned to PBA’s athletics site for complete tournament recaps and updates.

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