Sailfish Give No. 7-Ranked Rollins a Tough Test but Fall Twice to the Tars
March 6, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Wednesday evening proved to be a good and bad night for the Sailfish softball team. On the positive side they played solid softball throughout most of the evening against No. 7-ranked Rollins College.However on the negative side they still came away with two losses as the Tars proved victorious by the scores of 4-1 and 5-3 to earn the sweep.
Palm Beach Atlantic (10-14) trailed 2-0 for much of game one before a seventh inning rally with two outs gave the No. 7-ranked team in the nation a pair of insurance runs as they hung on for a 4-1 victory.
The nightcap featured a solid pitching performance by PBA freshman Amber Johnson only to see one bad inning for PBA on defense eliminate a chance for an upset as Rollins (25-2) rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to capture the game and the sweep.
Sophomore Kayti Lundin (Loss, 1-6) gave the Fish another solid performance in the pitcher’s circle but it wasn’t enough to keep the Tars from seeking their 24th win of the season.
Niki Fogle (Win, 12-0) tossed the complete game win for RC as she allowed only a Camille Benito solo homerun in the seventh inning for PBA’s lone run. Fogle tallied seven strikeouts with no walks in the ballgame.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning as Veronica Alred led off with a double, moved to third on an error and then scored on a groundout. Rollins added a second run later in the inning on a RBI single from Tara Turner.
A one-out double by Fogle in the seventh inning set the stage for the final two runs by RC in the game as Brittany Johnson connected for a 2-run double down the left-field line.
PBA managed five hits in the loss with Lindsey Johnson finishing 2-for-3 including a double.
The second game featured a good pitching matchup between Amber Johnson (Loss, 7-5) and Stephanie Sullivan (Win, 7-2).
It appeared that Johnson would prove to be the victor through the fifth inning as PBA led 3-1 thanks to a Lindsey Johnson long-ball, her fifth of the season as she put her team on top in the bottom of the first inning with a 3-run blast.
With Amber Johnson keeping the Tars off balance inning after inning the Fish looked as if they might claim a double-header split.
Rollins first inched closer with a run in the top of the fourth inning then cashed in on three unearned runs in the top of the sixth to push ahead for good.
PBA had two separate opportunities to get out of the sixth inning jam but defensive miscues sunk their efforts each time.
After the tying run came home to score on an error, RC added an important pair of insurance runs when Fogle delivered a two-out, 2-run single that plated Courtney Durbin and Jule Kranz for the 5-3 lead.
The Sailfish would get the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh but would not be able to bring her home for the tie score.
Johnson finished with eight strikeouts on the night while allowing no earned runs over the course of seven innings. The West Palm Beach native scattered eight hits with two walks.
Sullivan shook off her tough start and earned the win by going the distance and tallying seven strikeouts and two walks.
Chelsie Hersey and Mackenzie Johnson both produced two-hit games while Lindsey Johnson finished with three more runs batted in.
The Sailfish will have the remainder of their Spring Break week off from game action as they won’t play again until Wednesday, March 13 when they travel to Florida Tech in Melbourne, Fla. for a double-header beginning at 2 pm.