Moccasins Offense Too Much for Sailfish as They Complete Softball Sweep
March 25, 2009
Written by Lindsay Oren, PBA Sports Information Assistant
LAKELAND, Fla.- Much like game one of their doubleheader match-up between Palm Beach Atlantic and Florida Southern College, the Moccasins stunned the Sailfish with another solid offensive display, easily taking game two by a score of 9-1.
The Florida Southern bats were too much too soon for freshman pitcher Chris Donovan as four Florida Southern batters scored off of five hits in the bottom of the first inning.
Junior pitcher Heather Laird came in quickly in the second inning to hopefully stifle the hot Moccasin hitters, but the bleeding was unable to be stopped as Florida Southern peppered in six more runs during the second, third, and fourth innings.
A solid defensive performance led by Moccasin pitchers Brittany Minton (9-4) and Heidi Schumacher kept the Sailfish batters to only four hits in five innings.
The Sailfish would make a last minute effort to extend to more innings, but an Abbey Shipman run scored on a Mari Stokes' ground-rule double in the fifth was not enough to overcome a 9-0 deficit.
Certainly one of their toughest opponents faced this season, Sailfish head coach Kimmy Bloemers was pleased with her team's fight at the plate.
Donovan (2-2) is credited for the loss, and the Palm Beach Atlantic drops to a record of 23-13 on the season.
The Blue and White have another opportunity to bounce right back as they face another Sunshine State Conference opponent in Eckerd College on Thursday at 4 pm in St. Petersburg, Florida.