PBA Softball Knocks Off No. 8 Tampa as Part of Opening Day Split at Eckerd Tournament

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Mackenzie Johnson (Pictured) Played an Important Role in PBA's 6-0 Win Over the University of Tampa with a 2-Run Double. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Mackenzie Johnson (Pictured) Played an Important Role in PBA's 6-0 Win Over the University of Tampa with a 2-Run Double. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

CLEARWATER, Fla.- After a tough opening day loss versus a very good University of West Florida squad earlier in the day, the Sailfish softball team responded with a big win in the nightcap by knocking off No. 8-ranked University of Tampa. The Fish lost 6-2 versus the Argonauts while producing a 6-0 win over the Spartans as they stand at 2-2 on the young season.

Game One

The Argos (4-1) set the tone early versus the Fish as UWF plated three runs in the top of the first inning against PBA freshman hurler Amber Johnson.

PBA began to chip away at the deficit with freshman Lindsey Johnson scoring on an error following a leadoff triple in the second inning while a Jen Hunter RBI single in the fifth drew the Fish close even still at 3-2.

A late push by West Florida however would negate the good work done by the PBA offense as UWF plated a pair in the sixth inning and followed with another insurance run in the seventh inning to take the 6-2 victory.

PBA managed nine hits in the loss with Hunter finishing 3-for-4 and Lindsey Johnson coming away with a pair of hits in four at-bats while adding a stolen base.

Game Two

The Sailfish shook off their opening game defeat by upending the Spartans and posting a shutout.

Amber Johnson once again went to the pitcher’s circle and responded nicely from her opening game loss earlier in the day. She kept the UT hitters off balance for much the game while limiting Tampa to only four hits and posting six strikeouts.

The Fish offense also responded with another nice showing by scoring in three of the four of the first five innings.

A first-inning 2-run single from Lindsey Johnson got the Fish to a quick lead while Kara Anderson chipped in a RBI single of her own in the second inning to earn a 3-0 early lead.

Lindsey Johnson added a sacrifice fly RBI in the third inning while teammate Mackenzie Johnson produced a big 2-run double to plate two more runs in the fifth inning.

Seven different PBA hitters registered hits on the night while Camille Benito and Lindsey Johnson each produced a pair of hits.

The Fish continue play on Saturday at the Eckerd Invitational with two more games. PBA first takes on Eckerd at 1:30 pm followed by a 4 pm matchup with Saint Leo University.

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