The Rain Stays Away Long Enough for PBA to Earn Sweep Against Penmen

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Mari Stokes (Pictured) Connected for a Homerun and Finished 3-for-4 in Game Two on Saturday Against SNHU. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Mari Stokes (Pictured) Connected for a Homerun and Finished 3-for-4 in Game Two on Saturday Against SNHU. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- With storm clouds seemingly all-around, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team plated nine runs while getting good relief pitching to clinch a 9-6 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in game two of a double-header on Saturday afternoon at John W. Anderson Field. Light rain persisted throughout but the Sailfish and Penmen stuck it out in a high-scoring game two.

After game one lasted just over one hour and fifteen minutes, one might have believed that game two would bring a similar fate. However, both teams threatened to score nearly every inning while the two teams combined for 24 hits, 15 runs, and three errors.

PBA head coach Kimmy Bloemers would send junior right-hander Heather Laird to the pitching circle as the Venice, Florida native had been throwing very well over her past few outings. Unfortunately for Laird, Saturday would not be her best day as she was lifted after three innings while allowing seven hits, three runs (one earned) while walking one and striking out four batters.

Freshman Chris Donovan (2-1) earned the victory in relief as she tossed three innings allowing four hits, three runs while posting two walks and two strikeouts. Ashley Jones came in for her second save of the season as she struck out the side in the seventh inning to cap an impressive day inside the circle for Jones against SNHU. Jones went the distance in game one for PBA as she posted 16 strikeouts in the 2-1 PBA victory.

Palm Beach Atlantic (23-11) jumped out early on the Penmen as they scored a run in the first innning, five more in the second inning, and two more in the third inning to stake the team to a 6-0 lead.

Mari Stokes led things off with a single in the first inning and came around to score on a two-out single from Chelsea Gravini down the left-field line.

Five more came around to touch home plate in the second inning highlighted by a three-run homerun from Caitlin Bouschet, her seventh round-tripper of the season. Erica Walters also added in a RBI double in the inning while Brittany Schneider got things going with a leadoff double and came in to score on an error by the left-fielder.

The Penmen (1-3) wouldn’t quit however as they pushed across three runs in the top of the third inning to cut the lead in half at 6-3.

Nicole Arpin and Karissa Bettencourt started the rally with singles to leadoff the inning followed by a hard double from catcher Michelle Maranto. An error in the field by the Fish and then an infield single by third-baseman Andrea Clausi allowed the two other runners to come in to score.

PBA would respond in their half of the third inning as they stretched the lead back to five runs as Stokes smashed a two-run homer to left-field to put PBA up 8-3.

Bloemers would make a pitching change to start the fourth inning as Donovan entered and did an admirable job in the relief. SNHU plated two runs in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly from Elena Anderson and a RBI double from Ashley Bernstein.

PBA pounded out 13 hits in the game including three hits each from Stokes and Gravini while Schneider had two hits and a walk while scoring a pair of runs.

On the Penmen side, Maranto added in three hits in four at-bats while Melissa Pessotti and Arpin each had two base-hits.

The Sailfish will have the early part of next week off as they will prepare for a four-game road swing next week in which they will take on Florida Southern College on Wednesday, March 25th for a double-header beginning at 6 pm and then two more games on Thursday, March 26th against Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The games versus the Tritons are scheduled for a 4 pm first-pitch.

PBA does not have another home game currently scheduled until Senior Night when they host Lynn University on April 22nd at 5 pm. 

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