Big Innings Sink Sailfish Chances on Day One of the Charger Chillout
February 15, 2013
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
DECATUR, Ala.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team began a busy weekend of play on Friday afternoon as they are participating in the Charger Chillout in Decatur, Alabama for a second consecutive season. With temperatures in the 40’s and solid competition on the schedule, the Fish struggled in their two games Friday by falling 7-5 to Bellarmine University and 11-4 to the University of North Alabama.
The pair of losses drop Palm Beach Atlantic to 3-6 to start the season with more tough competition slated for the rest of the weekend. PBA will take on the University of Alabama-Huntsville at 1 pm on Saturday while facing the University of West Alabama at 5 pm.
A rough start would be too much for PBA to overcome in their tournament opener as Bellarmine (1-0) struck for five total runs in the first inning that chased starting pitcher Mary Pippin (Loss, 0-1).
The Fish were effective on offense early as well with runs in each of their first two frames however another two-run outburst by BU in the fourth inning essentially put the game out of reach.
Junior Jen Hunter plated the team’s first run with a RBI single while Kara Anderson smoked a triple for another run in and eventually came in to score on a wild-pitch for a two-run second inning.
Trailing 7-3 entering the fifth inning, the Sailfish would inch closer thanks to a Hunter sacrifice fly and Chelsie Hersey coming in to score the team’s final run on a BU error in the sixth.
Junior pitcher Kayti Lundin would relieve Pippin in the second inning and came through with a solid outing of 5.2 innings of work with five hits allowed and two runs.
Hersey was joined by Brittany Jones and Camille Benito with the trio each registering two hits in the game.
Leading 4-3 after three innings of play, the Sailfish had to feel good about their early production in game two versus the likes of undefeated University of North Alabama (6-0).
Things quickly unraveled however for PBA in the middle innings as a 3-run homerun by UNA in the fourth inning led to a 6-4 lead then a five-run outburst in the fifth put things away as the Fish fell 11-4.
Amber Johnson (Loss, 3-2) went the distance for Palm Beach Atlantic in the circle but the freshman right-hander was tagged for 13 hits and 11 earned runs in seven frames while walking four batters and striking out five.
Freshman Lindsey Johnson helped PBA shake off an early deficit as she clubbed her first collegiate homerun in the bottom of the first inning with a 2-run shot that scored Miranda Welch.
The team added single runs in the second and third innings respectively as Anderson doubled and plated pinch-runner Sarah Gosciniak while Hunter came around to score an inning later on a UNA throwing error.
Hunter finished 2-for-4 in the game while Hersey and Benito each registered a pair of hits.