Fish Begin March with a Pair of Mercy Rule Shutout Wins Over the Lakers

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

Junior Shortstop Jen Hunter (Pictured) Gave the Fish a Big Lift with Five Hits on the Day Between Two Games Versus Mercyhurst University. Photo Courtesy of: Andy Meng.Junior Shortstop Jen Hunter (Pictured) Gave the Fish a Big Lift with Five Hits on the Day Between Two Games Versus Mercyhurst University. Photo Courtesy of: Andy Meng.

Box Score

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team came away with their first double-header sweep of the season on Friday as they defeated Mercyhurst (Pa.) University in dominating fashion by the scores of 10-0 and 8-0. PBA earned mercy-rule victories in both games as they connected for 19 hits while a trio of pitchers allowed only five hits in the two-game sweep.

The pair of wins set up Palm Beach Atlantic (8-10) for a double-header matchup on Saturday at Lynn University as the Sailfish will get back to regional competition following their hosting of Mercyhurst.

The Fish and Fighting Knights will square off on Saturday in Boca Raton with a first pitch of 1 pm. Both games will be aired live on the Sailfish Sports Network.

Game One

Sophomore starter Kayti Lundin (Win, 1-4) earned her first victory of the season in game one as she kept the MU hitters off balance all afternoon while giving up just two seventh inning hits in the contest.

The Sailfish offense wasted little time in moving toward the mercy-rule win as they plated five runs in the first inning followed by five more in the second.

Back-to-back walks to Brittany Jones and Chelsie Hersey started the contest while Jen Hunter loaded the bases with a single. After a strikeout, Lindsey Johnson stepped in and delivered a 2-run double to get the Fish on the board.

A Theresa Butler RBI single would then follow while Johnson scampered home on a MU error on the play. Kara Anderson added a bunt single then stole second-base which set the stage for a Mackenzie Johnson run-scoring single to cap the first inning scoring.

Hersey started the second inning rally with a single, stole second-base and then moved to third base on a groundout. A walk to Camille Benito set up Lindsey Johnson who responded with a 2-run triple to the left-field corner. She would come in to score later in the inning on a wild-pitch.

Anderson chimed in with a RBI triple of her own and scored on a groundout to put the Fish in front 10-0.

Lundin did the rest as she finished with four strikeouts and just one walk in claiming the victory.

Hunter and Lindsey Johnson each finished 2-for-3 with Johnson driving in four runs. Anderson also finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and another driven in.

Game Two

The nightcap saw the Sailfish send senior right-hander Mary Pippin (Win, 1-1) to the circle where she responded nicely with a five inning scoreless effort.

Pippin struck out four batters in her five innings while scattering three hits and allowed only one walk while claiming her first win of the season.

Amber Johnson followed in the order with a scoreless inning of relief while recording a pair of strikeouts.

The Fish once again wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard as they plated three first-inning runs to take the early lead.

Jones started the rally with a walk and then stole second base. After a bunt single from Hersey put runners on the corners, Hunter followed with a walk as the final ball of the at-bat got away from the Lakers’ catcher allowing Jones and Hersey to score for a quick 2-0 lead.

Camille Benito added a single and Lindsey Johnson was hit-by-a-pitch to load the bases. Anderson then followed up with a sacrifice fly RBI to put PBA in front 3-0.

That’s where things would remain until the fifth inning as another RBI triple from Anderson allowed Hunter to come in to score to give the Fish a 4-0 cushion.

The game would end an inning later in the sixth as Hunter and Benito provided RBI singles and Lindsey Johnson completed the contest with a 2-run double to close out the Lakers for an 8-0 PBA win.

Hunter completed a fantastic two games by going 3-for-3 with three runs scored while Benito added in a 2-for-4 showing.

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