Fish Exact Revenge on Fighting Knights with Home Softball Sweep of Lynn
April 3, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.-The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team welcomed in Lynn University for a pair of games on Wednesday evening at the Lake Catherine Complex with an unpleasant memory of their last meeting. After falling twice earlier in the 2013 campaign on a blustery Boca Raton Saturday afternoon, the Fish got the revenge they sought on Wednesday by sweeping the Knights this time around by the scores of 4-2 and 3-1.
The Fish (18-18) were forced to come back from early deficits in both contests as the Knights (18-20) jumped on the board in the first inning each time.
In the end however the Fish would get solid pitching from their senior-freshman combo of Mary Pippin and Amber Johnson while the offense cashed in on some timely hits late in both games.
PBA will hope to take the momentum into a Saturday afternoon home double-header with Barry University set for a 2 pm first-pitch.
Pippin (Win, 5-3) allowed two first inning runs on four hits as the Knights received back-to-back run scoring singles from Devin Kochergen and Kaci Vassalo for a quick 2-0 lead.
From that point however the Sailfish senior right-hander would dig her heels in and allow just two more hits and no runs through the remainder of her six inning outing.
The Sailfish cut into the Fighting Knights lead in the bottom of the third inning as freshman Theresa Butler laced an opposite field single through the right-side to plate Lindsey Johnson as PBA trailed only 2-1.
With Pippin firmly in control in the pitcher’s circle, PBA strung together two more runs in the fourth inning thanks to a 2-run double down the left-field line from Lindsey Johnson that scored both Lauren Powell and Brittany Jones for the 3-2 advantage.
Palm Beach Atlantic added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning as senior Kara Anderson came through with a RBI double to put the Fish more comfortably in front 4-2.
Amber Johnson came on in the seventh and tossed a clean 1-2-3 inning for the save.
Pippin finished with only four strikeouts however three of those ended innings with LU runners on base.
Missy Montgomery (Loss, 8-8) took the loss for LU while registering one strikeout in six innings of work.
PBA managed 12 hits in game one with Jones joined by Anderson and Powell with two hits each.
Amber Johnson (Win, 11-7) went back to the circle in game two for the Fish and responded with another solid outing by the Berean Christian product. She would shake off a first-inning run scored by Lynn to shut down the Knights offense the rest of the way for the 3-1 victory.
PBA struggled to get the big hit against LU starter Kasey Murray (Loss, 10-12) until the sixth inning when still trailing 1-0.
A Camille Benito single led off the frame followed by a Butler single to put two runners on and nobody out. After a strikeout of the next batter, junior Jen Hunter delivered a clutch RBI single just past the outstretched arms of the LU second-baseman to plate pinch-runner Sarah Gosciniak for the game-tying run.
Miranda Welch then stepped in and bunted home Butler for the go-ahead run as PBA moved in front 2-1. A bang-bang play at first-base with two outs allowed for an infield single by Jones just two batters later as her hustle led to one more run and a 3-1 cushion.
Amber Johnson retired the side in the seventh as she earned her 11th victory of the season. She would finish with five strikeouts while scattering eight hits.
PBA managed eight hits as a team with Jones and Chelsie Hersey setting the table at the top of the lineup with two hits each.