Sailfish and Mocs Split Double-Header as PBA Wins the Season Series

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

Sophomore Starter Kayti Lundin (Pictured) Gave the Fish a Nice Lift in Game Two with Her Third Win of the Season While Allowing Only Two Hits to the Mocs. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.Sophomore Starter Kayti Lundin (Pictured) Gave the Fish a Nice Lift in Game Two with Her Third Win of the Season While Allowing Only Two Hits to the Mocs. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.

Box Score

LAKELAND, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team took to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon at Dave Barnett Field for a pair of regional contests versus Florida Southern College. After sweeping the Mocs a few weeks earlier at home, the Fish settled for a split this time around as they fell 8-0 in game one then responded nicely with a 4-1 game two victory.

The split still sealed the season series for PBA as they saw their overall record improve to 21-19 while the Moccasins dropped to 13-25.

Game One

The Moccasins would come out with their hitting shoes on in the opener as they exploded for 11 hits while playing stellar defense on the other side of the ball as well.

Sailfish starting pitcher Mary Pippin (Loss, 6-4) was touched up for seven hits and five runs in 3.1 innings of work however the senior right-hander allowed only two earned runs in her outing.

Reliever Amber Johnson was greeted just as tough by the Mocs offense as the freshman was tagged for three runs (two earned) in her one inning plus of work.

FSC ended the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning when they pushed across their eighth run of the contest for a mercy-rule victory.

Florida Southern claimed a run in the second inning which set up four straight innings of scoring. The big blow came in the fourth inning when they scored four times thanks to a pair of 2-run doubles by the likes of Dayna Hunn and Jordan Alexander.

The Fish had only one hit in the game against Chelsea Oglevie (Win, 9-13) with a second inning single by Kara Anderson. Oglevie finished with one walk and one strikeout in five innings of work.

Game Two

Sophomore starter Kayti Lundin (Win, 3-7) went to the pitcher’s circle in game two for the Fish and provided her team with a big shot in the arm after the lopsided game one loss.

Lundin tossed seven innings with just one run allowed and only two hits given up as the Illinois native made her starting appearance count to provide PBA a double-header split.

Freshman Theresa Butler got the Blue and White on the scoreboard in the first inning as the Mulberry, Fla. Native connected for an infield hit for a quick 1-0 lead.

The Mocs would tie the score in the bottom of the third inning when a RBI groundout brought the score to 1-1.

Neither team was able to muster much offense over the next several innings until the Sailfish would score twice on one play in the fifth inning.

With runners at second and third base, senior Miranda Welch laid down a beautiful squeeze bunt to score Lindsey Johnson followed by Welch getting in a rundown to bring home a second run in the form of Camille Benito sprinting toward the plate.

PBA added an insurance run in the top of the sixth as pinch-runner Sarah Gosciniak slide in safely on a ball batted just inside the third-base line from senior Brittany Jones that gave the Fish a 4-1 advantage.

Palm Beach Atlantic finished with seven hits as a team in game two with Jones and Lindsey Johnson each registering a pair. Johnson also had a walk and two stolen bases in the win.

The Sailfish will have a quick turnaround for their next double-header as they will host St. Thomas University on Thursday at the Lake Catherine Complex beginning at 5 pm.

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