Sailfish Softball Struggles on Day Two of the Eckerd College Invitational
February 9, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
CLEARWATER, Fla.- One day after completing a big win over No. 8-ranked University of Tampa on the first day of the Eckerd College Invitational, the Sailfish softball team returned to the Eddie C. Moore Complex in hope for two more victories on day two. What they found however was two determined efforts from the likes of Eckerd and Saint Leo University as the Fish were upended twice by the scores of 4-2 and 1-0.
The pair of losses leaves the Sailfish with only one game remaining in the tournament on Sunday when they will battle Colorado Christian University at 9 am. They now stand at 2-4 on the season.
Three errors and the lack of timely hitting cost the Sailfish in their opening game versus the Tritons as EC played solid softball to the tune of a 4-2 win.
Eckerd (6-2) got on the board in the first inning as freshman Kayci Duncan delivered a two-out, two-run single to quickly get her team on top 2-0.
PBA managed to cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second inning as Brittany Jones came through with a RBI single to send junior catcher Lauren Powell racing for home.
The Tritons pushed their advantage to 4-1 in the fifth inning as they played small ball to the tune of a three run lead.
PBA finally got another run in the sixth inning as Chelsie Hersey connected for an infield single to plate Lindsey Johnson to get within 4-2 but the side would be retired in order to close out the final inning.
Both teams collected 10 hits in the game with PBA led by two hits each from Jones, Miranda Welch and Lindsey Johnson.
Kayti Lundin started the game in the pitcher’s circle for PBA but was lifted after two plus innings of work as the sophomore right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with no walks or strikeouts.
Senior Mary Pippin made her first appearance of the season after coming back from offseason surgery and produced 2.1 innings in the circle while allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.
Amber Johnson went the final 2.2 innings while scattering four hits and striking out five batters.
Despite a dominating pitching performance from Amber Johnson in game two, the Fish bats were once again held quiet as Saint Leo earned the 1-0 win despite just one hit on the afternoon.
Johnson allowed a leadoff single in the third inning followed by a stolen base, sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly as the Lions manufactured the only run of the contest.
The Lions (5-4) countered with a combination of Megan Still and Ashley Ehlers in the pitcher’s circle to limit the Sailfish to only three hits while collecting the shutout.
Still went the first 5.1 innings and posted five strikeouts and limited PBA to six base runners (three hits, three walks) while Ehlers came on for the save and managed one strikeout in 1.1 innings of work while not allowing a hit.
Lindsey Johnson delivered one of PBA’s three hits and was joined by Theresa Butler (double) and Jen Hunter (single).
Amber Johnson struck out six batters in six innings while working around seven walks and one hit-by-pitch.