Late Run Outburst Lifts Florida Tech to Game One Victory Over Palm Beach Atlantic

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- With the game tied at 1-1 entering the fifth inning, the visiting Florida Tech softball team scored two runs in the fifth followed by four more in the sixth inning to bust open their game one matchup with Palm Beach Atlantic University on Tuesday night at John W. Anderson Field. FIT held on for the 7-2 victory in the opener.

Florida Tech (4-7) struck first in the ball game against PBA starting pitcher Heather Laird (3-6) with a two-out rally in the second-inning. Brooke Fisher reached on a walk and then moved up two bases on a wild pitch that PBA catcher Candace Horton was unable to locate near the backstop. Up next stepped catcher Holly McChesney who delivered a soft liner down the left-field line that drove in Fisher for the game’s first run.

The Sailfish would temporarily tie things up in the third inning as freshman Mari Stokes smashed her third homerun of the season over the center-field fence to tie the score at 1-1.

From there the Sailfish would struggle as two runs came around to score in the fifth for FIT when Dani Healy led off with a single followed by a strikeout and then a stolen base that put Healy into scoring position. After another FIT strikeout and a single from Emily Densem put two runners on, right-fielder Brianna Barth delivered an opposite-field double that plated both Healy and Densem to take a 3-1.

FIT starter Tiffani Bishop did a solid job from there as she limited the Sailfish hitters to nine hits on the night while striking out 12 batters.

Laird finished with a tough pitching line as she did a great job at times with a season-high 11 strikeouts but was also tagged for 12 hits and seven runs.

After the big four-run outburst for FIT put the game nearly out of reach, the only offense the Fish could muster from there came on a RBI single from Candace Horton in the sixth inning. Horton continues to swing a hot bat for PBA as she finished game one 2-for-3 with an RBI. Caitlin Bouschet also registered a multi-hit game with a pair of singles.

Barth and third-baseman Sasha Stepaniuk each registered multi-hit games for FIT in the opener while Barth drove in two runs. Healy produced a big showing from the ninth spot in the order with a 3-for-4 game including scoring two runs while playing a very solid center-field.

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