PINELLAS PARK — The opponent may have been different Friday night, but Sara Nevins and her Pinellas Park teammates made sure runs came early.
After a disappointing 17-inning 3-1 defeat to East Lake on Wednesday, the Patriots put two runs across in the second inning against visiting Northeast on their way to a 5-0 win.
"It was comforting to have some runs up there," said Nevins (11-1), who had 17 strikeouts to boost her season total to 200 and her career number to 1,025. "It definitely was better to work with (than Wednesday)."
The USF-bound Nevins helped her own cause, getting things started with a one-out single in the second. After a double by Samantha Martin, Courtney Lonardo smacked a double off Northeast starter Sam Wilkerson to score Nevins and Martin.
The Patriots added three runs in the fifth in which Hayley Ledford, Jenna Rimensnyder, Taylor Klinesmith and Tatum McDowell reached base consecutively.
The Patriots (11-2) face East Lake in a rematch in the Palm Harbor University tournament next week.
"I'm looking forward to it," said Nevins, who was pulled from the East Lake game to rest her arm. "It will probably be another long one, but I'm ready."