Fish Continue Recent Roll with a Pair of Victories Over Florida Southern
March 20, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- A pair of solid pitching performances coupled with some timely offense helped the Palm Beach Atlantic softball team push their recent win streak to four games as they swept Florida Southern College on Wednesday evening at the Lake Catherine Complex. The Fish and Mocs entered with identical records on the season with PBA edging FSC to improve to 14-16.
The Palm Beach Atlantic duo of senior Mary Pippin and freshman Amber Johnson combined to post two complete game wins as the Sailfish will now experience a week off before taking the field again.
Pippin (Win, 3-2) continued her progress of working back from injury by hurling her first complete game effort of the season while also posting her third win of the year in game one.
The Bonifay, Fla. native shook off a 2-run first inning to compile six follow up innings of scoreless pitching. Pippin finished with six strikeouts while scattering four hits and two walks.
After the Mocs posted their two runs in the first thanks to a Jordan Alexander 2-run single, the Fish responded with a run of their own in the bottom half by way of a bases-loaded walk to Camille Benito.
The Sailfish tied the score two innings later when freshman Theresa Butler launched a double into the left-field corner that sent Jen Hunter sprinting around the bases for a 2-2 score.
The fourth inning gave PBA the lead for good when senior Brittany Jones ripped a run-scoring triple to plate Miranda Welch and then a RBI single from Chelsie Hersey gave the team an insurance run for a 4-2 lead.
Pippin closed the door by retiring 15 of the final 16 batters she faced in the win.
Amber Johnson went to the circle for the Fish in game two and much like Pippin made easy work of the FSC lineup.
Johnson (Win, 9-6) tossed seven innings while scattering six hits and allowing one earned run. She added in two strikeouts and worked around three walks.
PBA was the team to jump on the board for two runs in the first inning this time around as Lindsey Johnson smashed a run scoring double while another run came in on a Mocs’ error.
The Fish exploded for six more runs in the third inning highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Jones. The Lantana, Fla. native fouled off a number of tough pitches from FSC pitcher Lauren Wolfe (Loss, 4-6) until working the count to 3-2 with two outs and then smashed a shot over the right-fielder’s head for a 3-run triple.
Mackenzie Johnson and Hersey each added in RBI singles in the inning while Lindsey Johnson also collected another RBI double to cap the scoring.
Mackenzie Johnson finished 3-for-4 in the second game while Jones, Hersey and Lindsey Johnson all contributed two hits apiece.
PBA will travel to Northwood University across town on Wednesday, March 27 for a 2 pm double-header with the Seahawks.