Sailfish Respond from a Loss with a Mercy Rule Win in Game Two Over No. 15-ranked Flagler

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

Theresa Butler (Pictured) Finished 3-for-4 at the Plate in Game Two Versus Flagler College on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Theresa Butler (Pictured) Finished 3-for-4 at the Plate in Game Two Versus Flagler College on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team hosted No. 15-ranked Flagler College on Saturday afternoon at the Lake Catherine Complex before a nice sized crowd on a sunny afternoon. After falling 3-0 in the opening game, the Sailfish fought back with authority in the second game with an 8-0 mercy-rule victory over six innings.

The Sailfish (6-10) got solid pitching from both hurlers on the day with Kayti Lundin taking a tough-luck loss in the opener while freshman Amber Johnson posted her fifth shutout of the season to lead the Fish to their game two victory.

Game One

The Saints (11-4) managed three innings of a single run each time that backed a solid outing by starter Kayln Loverich (Win, 6-2) who worked around some occasional wildness to take the win.

Loverich allowed only three hits against PBA with eight strikeouts while walking five batters.

Lundin allowed runs in the first, third and fourth innings as she finished with a pair of strikeouts and just one walk with nine hits allowed.

Flagler was aided by a strong performance from the top of their order with Lauren Roudabush and Tori Volz collecting two hits apiece and Roudabush crossing the plate twice as well.

Game Two

After a tough loss in the opener where their offense couldn’t come through with a big hit, the Sailfish made up for it in a big way in game two by pounding out ten hits and limiting their opponent to just four base knocks.

Amber Johnson (Win, 6-4) was superb in the victory as she shook off some early wildness to settle in and complete another shutout. She finished with six strikeouts and five walks in six innings of work.

The contest was a pitcher’s duel early on as Johnson and Flagler’s Katie Enright (Loss, 4-1) posted zeroes through the first half of the game.

PBA would finally break through against the hard-throwing and previously-unbeated Enright in the bottom of the fourth inning as they scored five times to open up a big lead.

Lauren Powell drove home the game’s first run in the fifth followed by a pinch-hit RBI from Mackenzie Johnson. After a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases again, junior Camille Benito drove in a run with a single followed by a bases-loaded walk to Jen Hunter.

Lindsey Johnson added in another run with a RBI single before a groundout ended the long inning.

The Fish plated three more quick runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap the day.

Lindsey Johnson plated a run with a double off the outfield fence while a sacrifice bunt from Chelsie Hersey plated a second run later in the inning. Theresa Butler capped a solid game two at the plate with a game-ending double to left-center that scored Johnson for the final run as the mercy-rule was enforced.

A pair of freshman led the way offensively in game two with Lindsey Johnson and Butler both finishing 3-for-4 at the plate. Johnson scored twice and drove in a pair while Butler managed a run scored and a RBI as well.

Benito finished 2-for-3 while adding a walk in as well.

PBA will host Mercyhurst University on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Lake Catherine Complex for their next scheduled game. The two teams will square off at 5 pm for a double-header.

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