Sailfish Get Well with Double-Header Sweep of Mercyhurst College
March 1, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- After three one-run losses in their last four games, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team appeared to be on a mission on Thursday evening as they battled an out-of-state opponent in Mercyhurst College. The Lakers hail from Erie, Pennsylvania and were wrapping up their annual Spring Break trip to South Florida with a pair against PBA at the Lake Catherine Complex. The Fish hit early and often in both games of the double-header as they claimed 11-7 and 7-3 wins.
With each of their last four losses being against NCAA South Region opponents whose national rankings left them both inside the top-25, the Sailfish (15-10) were happy to take on a less that familiar opponent.
Both contests saw the Fish jump out early with six runs in the first inning of game one followed by three more runs in the first of game two as the offense simply never relented while supporting the PBA pitching staff to a pair of victories.
The big first frame for PBA in the opening game proved to be a blessing as the Lakers (7-9) never gave up and continued to chip away at the PBA lead.
After runs in the second and third innings left the score at 6-2, the Lakers put even more pressure on with two more runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Palm Beach Atlantic then fired back with back-to-back solid innings in the fifth and sixth as two Sailfish came home to score in the fourth while extending the lead to 11-4 after six innings.
Mercyhurst continued to put the pressure on until the end with three runs in the top of the seventh to leave the final score at 11-7.
The big inning in the first for PBA saw RBI singles from Lisa Santos and Mackenzie Johnson while Lauren Powell and Erica Walters smoked back-to-back homeruns in the inning that effectively ended the pitching stint of Mercyhurst’s Annie Truelove.
Camille Benito chipped in with an RBI groundout to score another run in the fourth while Powell continued her good start with a run-scoring single to left later in the frame.
Benito smashed a run-scoring double in the sixth that plated two more scores while another RBI single from Powell capped the scoring.
Mary Pippin went the distance in the game inside the circle for PBA despite a non-typical tough outing. Pippin allowed seven earned runs on 12 hits against the Lakers while striking out seven.
Santos and Powell each finished 3-for-4 in game one while Benito joined Powell with four runs driven in. Johnson added in a pair of hits as did Mari Stokes and Kimberly Traxler.
Samantha Eimers proved to be as productive as her season statistics coming in might have suggested as she managed a 3-for-5 showing in game one including a pair of homers and five total runs driven in.
Senior Lauren Bubeck would go to the circle for PBA in game two and respond with a nice overall outing as she posted her fourth win of the season. The Tequesta, Florida native finished with nine hits allowed and three runs while striking out a season-high six batters.
Bubeck’s counterpart in the circle was Kristi Janoske who allowed eight hits and six runs (five earned) in 1.2 innings of work before being lifted for reliever Megan Smith.
Palm Beach Atlantic scored three in the first inning of game two followed by three more in the second inning to stake Bubeck to another big lead.
Santos produced a RBI single in the first while Johnson drove home two more with a run-scoring single. Walters registered her second homerun of the night with a leadoff bomb in the second inning while Santos and Benito each added in RBI singles as well.
Megan Smith entered in relief for MC and did a fine job by limiting the Sailfish to only two hits and one earned run in the final 4.1 innings.
The Fish finished with ten hits in game two with Miranda Welch, Santos and Johnson each contributing two hits apiece.
Eimers was fantastic again for the Lakers with a 3-for-4 showing while Emily Redig added in two hits as well.
Palm Beach Atlantic will have the weekend off as they will prepare for a trip to Eckerd College on Monday, March 5th for a double-header in St. Petersburg beginning at 4 pm.