Softball Stumbles on the Road with a Double-Header Sweep at the Hands of Florida Tech
March 13, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
MELBOURNE, Fla.- After leading 3-0 for most of game one of Wednesday afternoon’s softball double-header the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish would see their lead evaporate and turn into a 4-3 extra innings loss in favor of Florida Tech. The Panthers didn’t stop there either as they utilized their game one momentum to score four first inning runs on their way to a 9-3 game two win and a South Region sweep at Nancy Bottge Field.
The Sailfish (10-16) have now dropped four in a row as they hoped their week off from game action would help propel them on a winning streak.
The Panthers (17-12) would have other ideas as they extended their season-long winning streak to eight games with the pair of wins after dropping four of five games against PBA last season.
Mary Pippin toed the rubber in game one for the Fish and responded with a solid outing as she continues her progress back from offseason surgery. The senior right-hander tossed five plus innings while allowing five hits with three runs coming in against her.
Pippin gave way to sophomore reliever Kayti Lundin (Loss, 1-7) who despite helping PBA get out of a jam in her first inning was not able to hold FIT off the board in the eighth and final inning.
The teams utilized the international tie-breaker rule after both squads were tied at 3-3 after seven innings.
The Fish bunted pinch-runner Kara Anderson into scoring position in the top of the eighth but could not score her while FIT came through with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth.
PBA got on the board early thanks to a 2-run double by freshman Lindsey Johnson in the top of the first inning and a solo homerun by junior Camille Benito in the third to push in front 3-0.
But the Panthers would chip away, first with a 2-run double by Erica Tollett in the fourth inning and then a game-tying RBI double by Lindsy Dugan in the sixth.
Amanda Bueno came through with a bases-loaded single in the eighth to capture the victory for FIT.
PBA collected six hits in the 4-3 loss with Brittany Jones and Lindsey Johnson eaching going 2-for-4.
Amber Johnson (Loss, 7-6) went to the pitcher’s circle in game two as the Sailfish hoped to shake off the disappointing game one defeat.
PBA once again managed a run in the first inning as Benito singled home Chelsie Hersey with two outs for an early 1-0 lead.
Florida Tech would have an answer though as they plated four runs, all with two outs, in the bottom of the first including a 3-run double off the bat of Ashley Montion.
Lundin came on in relief of Johnson for her second appearance of the day and tossed three innings before Johnson came back on for the final two innings of work.
The Sailfish plated single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to inch closer but after three runs in second inning and another two in the fourth for FIT it would be too much for PBA to overcome.
Benito finished 2-for-4 in game two while Theresa Butler, Mackenzie Johnson and Kara Anderson all registered a pair of hits in the loss.
PBA will host Saint Leo University on Saturday, March 16 at 1 pm for a double-header for their next contest.