Bats Still Cold as Florida Southern Completes Softball Sweep of Palm Beach Atlantic

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Chris Donovan (Pictured) Pictured Here At-Bat But Did a Nice Job on Thursday Evening in the Pitching Circle with Four Innings of Scoreless Relief. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Chris Donovan (Pictured) Pictured Here At-Bat But Did a Nice Job on Thursday Evening in the Pitching Circle with Four Innings of Scoreless Relief. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

LAKE WORTH, Fla.- After a tough extra innings loss in game one, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team appeared to come out somewhat deflated in game two as Florida Southern College scored all the runs they would need in the first three innings as they cruised a 6-0 game two victory and a double-header sweep.

Florida Southern (3-1) pushed across single runs in the first and second inning while plating four more in the third inning as they made quick work of PBA starting pitcher Heather Laird (2-2). Laird lasted just the three innings while allowing eight hits, six earned runs while striking out three batters.

Morgan Brown (1-1) and Christine Clark combined on the one-hit shutout for the Moccasins as they kept the Sailfish hitters off balance all night long.

Brown tallied the first four innings for the victory while holding PBA hitless and striking out three batters. Clark made a fine collegiate debut and earned her first career save while striking out two batters in three innings of work.

A positive for head coach Kimmy Bloemers was the fine work done by freshman reliever Chris Donovan who relieved Laird and fired four innings of scoreless relief allowing just two hits and striking out four batters.

After a solo homerun from right-fielder Lindsey Powell got the Mocs rolling in the first inning, the Mocs came back with another run in the second when Natalie Lang leadoff with a single and was sacrificed to second-base by Elli Howell. Next came a FSC flyout and then a RBI single from catcher Heather Raulerson.

The big inning for the Mocs came in the third as they plated four runs highlighted by an RBI triple from Angela Williams, a run-scoring double from Lang, and then a long two-run homerun down the left-field line just inside the foul pole from Howell. All the third-inning damage came with two outs and nobody on.

PBA’s lone hit of the game came from freshman Mari Stokes who had a single in the sixth inning against Clark.

The Fish will look to rebound from Thursday’s tough home sweep at the hands of the Moccasins as they will play host to Eckerd College on Saturday, February 14th. First-pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be played at Howard Park. Both games of the double-header can be heard live or podcasted on the Sailfish Radio Network.

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