PBA Breaks Out the Offense in Game Two as Softball Sweeps Eckerd College

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

Lindsey Johnson (Pictured) Collected Six Hits and  Drove in Four Runs in PBA's Two-Game Sweep of Eckerd College on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Lindsey Johnson (Pictured) Collected Six Hits and Drove in Four Runs in PBA's Two-Game Sweep of Eckerd College on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team needed a pair of wins and perhaps even more important than that they needed a pair of wins like they got on Saturday. Palm Beach Atlantic held on for a tight 2-1 win over Eckerd College in game one and then busted out of their recent offensive shortcomings in a big way by plating 14 runs in a lopsided 14-6 game two win.

The pair of wins for the Sailfish (25-21) will perhaps help erase the bad taste they were left with earlier this week when they were defeated twice on the road in walk-off fashion by Nova Southeastern University.

PBA has only four games left on their regular season slate with road double-headers scheduled for next week versus Barry University and Rollins College.

Game One

Senior Mary Pippin (Win, 8-4) and freshman Amber Johnson (Save, 3) combined on the close victory in game one as they out-dueled their counterpart by allowing only a combined four hits and just one run.

The offense got all they would need in the top of the third inning as PBA then trailed 1-0.

After senior Brittany Jones singled, stole second and then moved up on a wild-pitch she was driven home by freshman Lindsey Johnson who delivered a RBI single. Junior Camille Benito then followed suit with a RBI single of her own that plated Chelsie Hersey.

Pippin would go the first four innings in the pitcher’s circle and allowed three hits with a pair of strikeouts before giving way to Amber Johnson who allowed only one hit over her three scoreless frames with two strikeouts and one walk.

The Fish finished with seven hits in game one including two each by Jones and Lindsey Johnson.

Game Two

After narrowly defeating the Tritons (19-34) in game one the Sailfish busted out of their team-wide slump with 21 total hits in the second game of the day as they smashed Eckerd 14-6 in a six-inning mercy-rule game.

After plating two runs in the first inning thanks to a 2-run single from Jen Hunter, PBA piled on seven more runs in the third frame to put the game out of reach.

Hunter cashed in a RBI single in the big inning as did freshman Theresa Butler while other big base-hits also came from Lindsey Johnson (RBI single) and Chelsie Hersey (2-run triple).

Jones chipped in a run-scoring single as well in the inning while Lauren Powell added an RBI on a sacrifice bunt.

The Fish were held off the scoreboard again until the sixth inning when they plated five more runs.

Lindsey Johnson and Benito were the two main contributors with Johnson driving home two runs on a double and Benito driving home a pair with a single.

Kayti Lundin (Win, 5-9) went the first five innings to pick up the win while Amber Johnson added a scoreless inning of relief to close out the game.

Lindsey Johnson and Hunter each finished 4-for-5 in the game with both driving home three runs. Butler and Benito each added in three-hit games while Jones and Mackenzie Johnson each finished with two hits apiece.

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