PBA Softball Orders Up a Double Dose of Walk-Off as the Fish Sweep Barry in Dramatic Fashion
April 6, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team welcomed in the red-hot Barry University Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon for a pair of games at the Lake Catherine Complex as the Fish hoped to keep their recent momentum moving forward. It would take some dramatics but the Fish would come away with a pair of extra-innings victories over Barry on Saturday with senior Brittany Jones and junior Jen Hunter playing the two heroes in the final plays.
Neither team could muster a run in the opener until the bottom of the eighth inning when Jones fly-ball near the left-field line was deep enough to plate sophomore pinch-runner Sarah Gosciniak for the game-winning score.
The second contest featured another pitcher’s duel with BU holding a 1-0 advantage into the seventh inning. After PBA tied the game in the seventh on a two-out BU error they would win the game just an inning later as Hunter’s double into the right-field corner sent senior Miranda Welch sprinting around all the way from first-base for the 2-1 win.
Mary Pippin and Alexis Yohe matched each other pitch-for-pitch in the opener of the double-header as neither hurler seemed intent on allowing a run to come across.
Yohe proved the most dominant through six innings as she did not allow a base-hit until the bottom of the seventh inning on a Lindsey Johnson triple.
Although the Fish would threaten in the seventh inning Yohe would settle down and retire the side to force the extra frames.
After Pippin mowed down the BU order in the top of the eighth inning, the Fish would get their rally started as junior Mackenzie Johnson singled and was then lifted for Gosciniak as the pinch-runner.
A passed ball moved Gosciniak up to second-base while she moved up again on a beautifully-executed sacrifice bunt from Lauren Powell.
Jones then ended the game as her drive toward the left-field line forced a nice running catch by BU left-fielder Megan Copeland that carried her momentum away from the field of play that gave Gosciniak enough time to sprint home for the game-winning run.
Pippin (Win, 6-3) worked out of some jams throughout the contest and finished with six strikeouts while allowing just five hits in a season-high eight innings of work.
Yohe (Loss, 12-6) who entered the game as the reigning National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Pitcher of the Week, was solid in defeat as she struck out two batters while allowing only two hits and one run (unearned).
Camille Czarnecki ended the game as the only player on either side to register two hits.
Both teams went back to work in game two as PBA sent freshman Amber Johnson to the circle to oppose Barry’s Britney Pugh.
Both pitchers were strong in their performances with Johnson (Win, 12-7) picking up her 12th win of the year and Pugh dropping to 5-4 with the loss.
BU scratched out a single run early thanks to a third-inning RBI single from Copeland. The 1-0 advantage would hold up until the bottom of the seventh inning and with two outs.
Seemingly on their way to a double-header split, the Bucs fell just short when Chelsie Hersey’s come-backer to Pugh in the circle glanced off the hurler’s mitt and scored pinch-runner Brianna Parker for the 1-1 tie.
Although Pugh would escape any further damage in the seventh the Fish would once again find themselves victors in the extra frames.
Following a one-out, infield single by Welch, Hunter lifted a long fly-ball down the right-field line with two outs in the eighth as Welch motored around the bases just ahead of the relay throw for a 2-1 PBA win.
The pair of victories improves Palm Beach Atlantic to 20-18 while Barry slides to 24-15.
Alexis Kent finished 3-for-3 in game two of the series for Barry with all three hits coming as doubles.
Johnson was superb in the pitcher’s circle once again for PBA as she allowed only six hits while striking out three batters in eight innings.
PBA will be off until traveling to Florida Southern College on Wednesday, April 10 to take on the Mocs for a double-header in Lakeland at 4 pm.