Sailfish Softball Opens 2013 Campaign with Home Split Versus Sharks
February 5, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- A beautiful afternoon quickly emerged into a wonderful evening for softball on Tuesday at the Lake Catherine Complex as the Sailfish softball team hosted Nova Southeastern University for their first action of the season. After an impressive debut by freshman pitcher Amber Johnson led the Fish to a 2-1 victory in game one, the Sharks rallied for a double-header split by taking game two by a final tally of 6-3.
Many new faces were impressive for the Fish on Tuesday as they begin their seventh season under head coach Kimmy Bloemers. Amber Johnson was joined by fellow newcomer Kayti Lundin in the pitcher’s circle as the tandem provide the Blue and White a solid showing in their first outings in a Sailfish uniform.
Amber Johnson (Win, 1-0) held the Sharks (3-1) at bay for nearly the entire game as she took a no-hitter into the top of the seventh inning against the potent NSU lineup.
Palm Beach Atlantic (1-1) managed all their offense in the bottom of the fourth inning as they broke open a scoreless game when Camille Benito opened the frame with a leadoff triple followed by a run-scoring single from freshman Lindsey Johnson to move in front 1-0.
A bunt by Brianna Parker later in the inning kept the scoring going as the NSU third-baseman’s attempt at a force out at the plate was late and Lindsey Johnson came racing home for the 2-0 lead.
Things remained quiet on both sides the rest of the way until a leadoff double by NSU right-fielder Laura Saladrigas broke up Amber Johnson’s no-hitter in the top of the seventh.
A bases-loaded single by Ashley Silveira with two-outs plated a run for NSU in the final frame but the game would end on the same play as PBA catcher Lauren Powell fired a relay to third-base to cut down a Sharks base-runner looking to slide into the bag.
Amber Johnson finished with six strikeouts with only one walk to collect her first collegiate victory and complete game.
She was opposed by Jennie Von Doellen who went six strong innings in the circle for NSU while allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out eight batters.
The second-game of the double-header did not fare as well for the Sailfish as their defense committed four errors on their way to the 6-3 defeat and the split.
The Fish jumped in front for a second straight game when they plated a run in the bottom of the third inning thanks to a two-out RBI single from Jen Hunter that plated redshirt freshman Chelsie Hersey who had drawn a two-out walk and then stole second-base.
NSU’s bats came alive however in the fourth and fifth innings, tallying three runs in both frames to move in front 6-1.
PBA inched closer in the sixth inning as Benito crushed her first homerun of the season to straight-away centerfield to close the gap to 6-3.
Lundin (Loss, 0-1) would go the first four plus innings while allowing six runs (four earned) but allowing only four hits. Amber Johnson came into the game in relief and posted four strikeouts over three scoreless frames.
NSU countered with Salidrigas (Win, 2-0) in the circle for the first 5.1 innings before Erika Garcia came on to complete the final 1.2 innings of work and earn her first save.
PBA managed six hits in the loss with Mackenzie Johnson finishing 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
The Sailfish will take to the road for their next 11 contests beginning this weekend when they take on five different opponents in Clearwater, Fla. at the annual Eckerd College Tournament.