Sailfish Put Together Two Solid Ballgames and Sweep the Seahawks
March 27, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team shook off any potential rust from no game action over the last week by defeating cross-town counterpart Northwood University on Wednesday afternoon in a pair of games at the NU Alumni Field. All three PBA pitchers completed effective outings while the freshmen duo of Lindsey Johnson and Theresa Butler carried the offense by each connecting on homeruns in the sweep.
The Fish earned a 4-0 win in game one behind the solid pitching of Mary Pippin and Amber Johnson while Kayti Lundin and Johnson combined on an 8-4 game two win.
The pair of victories gets the Sailfish to the elusive .500 mark (16-16) as they will hope to move in front with another double-header scheduled for Thursday at St. Thomas University beginning at 3 pm.
Pippin (Win, 4-2) tossed the first four innings of Wednesday’s opener as she limited Northwood (9-21) to only four hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Amber Johnson tallied her first career save in relief as she entered with the Fish leading 2-0 in the fifth inning. Johnson did not allow a hit over the final three innings while working around three walks and posting an impressive seven strikeouts.
PBA jumped on top with a run in the first inning as senior Brittany Jones laced a double followed by a RBI triple from Chelsie Hersey into the left-field corner.
Things would remain 1-0 in favor of the Fish until the top of the fifth when Lindsey Johnson launched her sixth homerun of the season beyond the left-field fence for a 2-0 PBA advantage.
The Sailfish added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings thanks to a Mackenzie Johnson RBI double and another run coming in to score on a NU error.
Lindsey Johnson finished 3-for-4 in game one while Hersey added in a pair of hits with a run scored and a run driven in.
The Sailfish would be forced to make a comeback in the second game of the afternoon as they trailed 1-0 and then again 3-2.
PBA put some distance between themselves and their opponent however in the top of the fifth inning when they plated five runs thanks in large part to the first collegiate homerun from Butler. The Mulberry, Florida native crushed a NU offering beyond the left-centerfield fence in the fifth for a 3-run homerun and a 6-3 Fish lead.
Camille Benito and Mackenzie Johnson added in RBI base-knocks in the frame as well as the Fish cruised to the 8-4 final.
Lindsey Johnson finished a perfect 3-for-3 in game two while scoring two more runs. Butler finished 3-for-4 with four runs driven home to help aide the 11-hit attack by Palm Beach Atlantic.
Lundin went the first three innings before giving way to Amber Johnson (Win, 10-6) who compiled the final four innings in the pitcher’s circle. The Sailfish pitching tandem each registered two strikeouts while Johnson did not allow an earned run in her time in the circle.