Jones Delivers a Walkoff Game One Win That Propels PBA Softball to a Sweep Over Saint Leo

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

The Sailfish Softball Team Improved to 12-16 with the Double-Header Sweep of Saint Leo on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.The Sailfish Softball Team Improved to 12-16 with the Double-Header Sweep of Saint Leo on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.

Box Score

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Entering play on Saturday the Sailfish softball team had dropped their last four contests as they fell to 10-16 for the season. Saturday’s double-header matchup on a picturesque day for softball versus Saint Leo University proved to be just what the doctor ordered as the Fish swept the Lions by the scores of 3-2 and 7-2.

The Sailfish (12-16) utilized a walk-off RBI double from senior Brittany Jones in game one while the PBA offense took advantage of three Saint Leo (21-14) errors in the second game coupled with ten hits that saw the Fish pull away for a 7-2 victory.

PBA will look to get closer to the .500 mark by hosting another Sunshine State Conference foe in Florida Southern College for their next outing on Wednesday, March 20 beginning with a first pitch of 4 pm.

Game One

Senior Mary Pippin gave the Fish another strong outing in the circle as she shook off a first inning run allowed to toss four solid innings. Freshman Amber Johnson (Win, 8-6) took things from there and was on the rubber for the final three innings of work.

The PBA pitching duo allowed only two hits combined while posting three strikeouts and two earned runs from Pippin.

After the Lions managed a first inning run, the Fish quickly answered with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

Jones and Chelsie Hersey started the game with back-to-back singles with Hersey’s bringing home Jones for the tying run after the speedy senior outfielder moved up two bases thanks to a pair of passed balls by the SLU catcher.

A two-out double by freshman Theresa Butler would follow later in the inning to push PBA in front 2-1.

That’s where things would remain until the top of the fourth inning when Kelsey LaNeave ripped a double to tie the score at 2-2.

SLU went to their bullpen early as senior Megan Still (Loss, 8-3) went the final three plus innings.

The Fish began their seventh inning rally with hits from Brianna Parker and Lauren Powell while pinch-runner Miranda Welch scampered around on Jones line-drive that landed just beyond the reach of the Lions’ right-fielder.

Palm Beach Atlantic finished with eight hits with a 2-for-4 showing from Jones.

Game Two

The Lions moved ahead early in game two with a pair of runs in the first off PBA starting pitcher Kayti Lundin (Win, 2-7) as Brittany Ewing smashed a single through the right-side to bring home a pair.

PBA would trail until the top of the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with nobody out. The first run came in on a wild-pitch and another on a run-scoring single from Jones. The Blue and White capped their fourth inning scoring with another run driven in by Hersey.

The Fish put the game away in the sixth inning with four more runs including a 2-run single from Jen Hunter.

Lundin went the first four innings in the circle and allowed only three hits and a pair of earned runs while striking out one and walking one. Johnson came on in relief again and did not allow a hit with one strikeout over the final three innings.

PBA finished with 10 hits in game two including two each by the first three hitters in the lineup: Jones, Hersey and Lindsey Johnson.

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