Lindsey Johnson Powers the Sailfish to a Pair of Softball Victories
March 4, 2013
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
CLERMONT, Fla.- Freshman centerfielder Lindsey Johnson has already had a few big games early in her Palm Beach Atlantic softball career. She decided to make it a big double-header on Monday afternoon at the National Training Center as her 3-run homerun in the final inning of their game versus Saint Anselm (N.H.) College led the Fish to a 4-2 win while her go-ahead bomb in their second game lifted PBA to a 3-2 win over Cedarville (Ohio) University.
Johnson’s production backed the solid pitching of all three of head coach Kimmy Bloemers’ hurlers as Kayti Lundin and Mary Pippin combined for the opening victory while freshman Amber Johnson went the distance in game two for her seventh victory of the season.
The pair of wins pushes PBA’s record to 10-12 with a big home matchup on Wednesday, March 6 versus nationally-ranked Rollins College at the Lake Catherine Complex.
Things looked bleak for the Sailfish in Monday’s opener as they trailed 2-1 with two outs and nobody on in the top of the seventh inning.
Junior Jen Hunter started the two-out rally with a sharp single followed by an infield hit from first-baseman Camille Benito that set the stage for Johnson’s heroics as she lifted a Tayla Trask offering well beyond the left-field fence for a big shift in momentum and a 4-2 Sailfish lead.
The only thing left was to retire the SAC order in the bottom of the inning as Pippin (Win, 2-2) closed the door with a scoreless seventh frame.
Lundin tossed the first 4.2 innings in the circle while allowing seven hits and two earned runs. Pippin came through with the final 2.1 innings of scoreless work while allowing only one hit and recording one strikeout.
The Fish got on the board in the first inning thanks to an infield hit from Benito that drove home senior Brittany Jones for an early 1-0 lead.
Saint Anselm added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a temporary 2-1 lead.
Johnson and Benito each finished 2-for-4 in the win.
The second game of the day pitted the Fish against another NCAA Division II foe in Cedarville University.
The Yellowjackets (3-3) managed the first denting of the scoreboard in the first inning as Kelsey Chapman launched a 2-run homer to put the visitors up early 2-0.
From there Amber Johnson (Win, 7-5) would settle in as she allowed only one hit after the first inning while limiting CU to no more runs following the blast by Chapman.
Johnson collected eight strikeouts while working around three walks.
The Fish matched CU’s early scores with two runs in the bottom of the second inning as Lindsey Johnson and fellow freshman Theresa Butler traded places with back-to-back doubles with Johnson sprinting home for their first run.
Chelsie Hersey delivered later in the inning with a big two-out single that plated the tying run.
Things remained quiet on both sides until the bottom of the fifth when Lindsey Johnson popped her second homer of the day beyond the left-field fence on a 3-0 offering.
The 3-2 lead would hold up as Amber Johnson retired the Cedarville side in order in the seventh.
Lindsey Johnson and Butler each finished 2-for-3 in game two as PBA managed seven total hits.