Fighting Knights Take Both Ends of a Double-Header Versus PBA
March 2, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
BOCA RATON, Fla.- With temperatures unseasonably cool and the wind whipping throughout the day, the Sailfish softball team would take on Lynn University at the LU Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon for a pair of key regional games. As they have done throughout the early portion of this season the Fighting Knights played spoilers to their opponents as they swept the Sailfish by the scores of 11-8 and 8-3.
The Fish (8-12) would be forced to overcome big deficits in both games.
PBA trailed 8-1 in the first game before eventually tying the contest but falling in the end while game two featured a quick 2-0 PBA lead followed by eight unanswered runs by the Fighting Knights (13-7) to take the second game as well.
PBA will have little time to think about the disappointing double-header sweep as they will travel to Clermont, Fla. on Monday for a pair of non-regional games at the National Training Center.
With the wind playing into things considerably for both teams, the two squads would see the already cozy-confines of the LU Softball Complex become even more homerun-happy than usual as the two teams combined for a total of four long-balls in the opening game.
Lynn got on the board in the first inning thanks to a 2-run homer from catcher Devin Kochergen as she cranked her first round-tripper of the season.
After the Fish cut the advantage in half in the top of the second inning thanks to a two-out RBI single from Theresa Butler, the Knights would explode in the fourth inning for a total of six runs to take an 8-1 lead.
A two-run single from Danielle McNeil got the scoring barrage started while Kochergen connected again later in the frame for a long 3-run homer to put LU comfortably in front.
It would be until the fifth and sixth innings that PBA would have an answer as they plated seven runs on eight hits for a miraculous comeback.
A 2-run homerun from Lauren Powell got the Fish a bit closer in the fifth while a 2-run single by Lindsey Johnson in the sixth allowed them to cut the deficit to 8-5. A two-run single later in the inning by Powell drew the Fish within one run at 8-7 while a Chelsie Hersey RBI knock tied the game later in the frame.
After blowing the seven-run lead the Knights wasted little time in getting back in front as they plated three runs in the sixth inning to move in front for good by an 11-8 tally.
Missy Montgomery (Win, 4-2) went the distance for Lynn in the pitcher’s circle while allowing 13 hits and eight earned runs. Amber Johnson went the first four innings for PBA but was touched up for 10 hits allowed and eight earned runs. Mary Pippin (Loss, 1-2) took the loss as she tossed the final two innings while allowing the three runs in the sixth.
Lindsey Johnson finished 3-for-4 in game one with two runs scored and two driven in. Butler also managed a solid showing with a 3-for-3 game while adding in a walk and two runs driven home. Powell drove in a season-high four runs with her two big hits.
Kochergen finished with five RBI’s while going 3-for-4 for the Knights.
The second contest saw the Fish jump out early with a pair of runs in the first inning off LU starter Kasey Murray (Win, 7-5).
Walks to Brittany Jones and Hersey followed by a sacrifice bunt from Jen Hunter set the stage for a two-out, two-run single from Lindsey Johnson later in the inning.
The score would remain 2-0 until the fourth inning when LU plated six runs as they took advantage of a PBA error and then added on.
Lynn added two more runs in the fifth inning with PBA only managing a single run in the seventh inning thanks to another Lindsey Johnson RBI hit.
Kayti Lundin (Loss, 1-5) took the defeat in the circle for PBA by allowing eight runs although only two runs were earned. She would strikeout one and walk one while allowing 10 hits.
Palm Beach Atlantic finished with only five hits in the game two loss with Lindsey Johnson finishing 2-for-4 with all three runs driven home.