Another Extra Inning Battle Between Sharks and Sailfish Leaves PBA Disappointed

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Heather Laird and Candace Horton (Pictured) Meet in the Pitcher's Circle at Nova Southeastern University. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Heather Laird and Candace Horton (Pictured) Meet in the Pitcher's Circle at Nova Southeastern University. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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DAVIE, Fla.- After game one lasted over three hours and ended in the bottom of the 11th inning between Palm Beach Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University on Saturday afternoon, another extra inning contest in game two would follow. Unfortunately for the Sailfish and their many fans on hand at the AD Griffin Sports Complex, things would feel more like déjà vu as NSU prevailed with another 3-2 win.

Game one featured a great battle between PBA’s Ashley Jones and NSU’s Lexi Sarradet while game two featured Heather Laird and Dani Caron in the pitching spotlight for the Fish and Sharks respectively.

The Sharks were the first to strike in game two as they plated two runs in the third inning. After a leadoff double from freshman catcher Erica Barrabi and a sacrifice bunt from Katie Pepper moved pinch-runner Patty Rivero into third-base with one out, Laird retired Noemi Luciani on a groundout. Next stepped in Rachel Talenfeld who delivered a RBI single that scooted past the glove of PBA right-fielder Chelsea Gravini and allowed Talenfeld to go all the way to third inning. Talenfeld came in to score on a wild-pitch to make it 2-0.

The Fish would respond with a run of their own in the top of the fourth inning as Gravini doubled to leadoff the frame. Caitlin Bouschet laid down a sacrifice bunt while Gravini came home to score on a RBI single from Mari Stokes.

PBA tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning as Dani Perrotti delivered a two-out single that plated Candace Horton who had doubled with two outs.

Both pitchers would put up zeroes from there until NSU’s Lopez struck again in the eighth inning. She started the inning with a bloop  hit in between Stokes and Gravini in short right-field while hustling all the way in for a double. Jessica Hernandez followed through with a sacrifice bunt to move Lopez to third-base. And just like game one, Britney Lamb stepped in and delivered; this time a soft liner just in front of a diving attempt of left-fielder Becca Bolinger.

Laird was tagged with the loss moving her season record to 8-8 although the Venice, Florida native did pitch very well against the potent Sharks lineup. Laird finished giving up eight hits and two earned runs while walking three and striking out two batters.

Caron went the distance for NSU while allowing nine hits and two earned runs, walking none and striking out three batters.

Gravini and Stokes both finished 3-for-4 at the plate for Palm Beach Atlantic with Gravini tallying two doubles and a run scored.

Lamb was the only Sharks player with a multi-hit game as she was 2-for-2 with a walk and a RBI.

PBA will have a quick turnaround for their next contest as they will take on Lynn University on Monday, April 27th in Boca Raton in what is a make-up double-header from a rain out a few weeks ago. The Fish and Knights will resume their game leading 1-0 in the third inning at 2:30 pm.

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