Sailfish Finish Off Season Sweep of Barry for Two Huge Wins
April 24, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- With the regular season nearly to its end the Sailfish softball team knew they must make a statement on Wednesday evening in their matchup at Barry University. After twice defeating the Bucs at home a few weeks ago, both times in their last at-bat, the Fish would need extra softball again this time around at Buccaneer Field with a 3-2 game one win in eight innings followed by a 7-5 game two victory.
The pair of victories sealed a season sweep for Sailfish over the Bucs for the first time in school history while padding their potential NCAA tournament resume with only two games left to play.
The Fish (27-21) were named No. 9 in this week’s NCAA Regional Rankings with just a double-header left on Saturday, April 27 at Rollins College. The Tars, much like the Bucs tonight, will have a lot riding on the games as Rollins entered play on Wednesday with a No. 6 regional ranking while Barry sat at No. 7.
A tightly contested game from the start, the Palm Beach Atlantic offense did enough in extra innings to offset a seventh inning comeback by Barry to capture the 3-2 win.
Palm Beach Atlantic led for most of the game by a 1-0 score as a RBI double from Brittany Jones in the third inning plated pinch-runner Sarah Gosciniak.
That would be enough thanks to the good work of Mary Pippin in the pitcher’s circle as she twice escaped bases-loaded jams by the Bucs while holding their offense at bay until the seventh inning.
Still clinging to a 1-0 lead, Pippin would exit soon after a double by Natalia Ojeda narrowly escaped the diving try of Lindsey Johnson in centerfield to leadoff the bottom of the seventh.
Amber Johnson (Win, 13-7) would enter after a sacrifice bunt moved Ojeda to third-base and PBA still leading 1-0. BU third-baseman Sarah Broseker then provided a clutch sacrifice fly to tie the score as Ojeda raced toward the plate ahead of the PBA relay throw.
After Johnson ended the BU threat, the two teams would move to extra innings with the international tie-breaker in place which places a runner at second-base to start the inning.
That runner was Jones who was promptly bunted to third-base by Chelsie Hersey. Stepping up was Lindsey Johnson who smoked a double down the left-field line to plate the go-ahead run.
Miranda Welch added a big insurance run with a two-out double as PBA moved up 3-1.
Although Barry would plate a run in the bottom of the eighth and threaten for more, the game ended when Johnson retired the final batter on a popup for the 3-2 win.
Pippin went the first 6.1 innings of work as she claimed five strikeouts.
Alexis Yohe (Loss, 16-7) went the distance for Barry and posted five strikeouts and three walks.
Hersey was the only Sailfish batter to register a multi-hit game in the opener as she finished 2-for-3.
The second game of the double-header began with a two-run first inning as Welch earned a bases-loaded walk and Theresa Butler chipped in with a RBI single to stake Kayti Lundin to an early lead.
The Bucs fought back with two runs on one swing of catcher Kayla Monroy who launched a 2-run homerun over the left-field fence in the bottom of the second inning as they tied the score 2-2.
Another big inning by the Sailfish would answer however as Jen Hunter delivered a squeeze bunt to score Lindsey Johnson while another run came in on a Welch RBI single through the right-side in the third.
The see-saw game would go back to the Bucs in the bottom of the inning as they once again tied the score, plating two more runs to make things 4-4.
Amber Johnson (Win, 14-7) would relieve Lundin and hold the Bucs at bay over the next several innings while PBA got to work again on offense.
Mackenzie Johnson and Lauren Powell delivered the big hits in a 2-run fifth that put the Fish back in the driver’s seat at 6-4.
A RBI double by Hunter in the sixth gave the Fish another insurance run as they saw their lead increase to 7-4.
Amber Johnson was superb the rest of the way, allowing only a single run to come in to score in the bottom of the seventh to close out the sweep and pick up her second win of the day.
The freshman hurler went 4.2 innings in relief while allowing one run (unearned) and four hits and striking out four batters.
The Fish finished with 10 hits as a team in game two with Mackenzie Johnson striking for a 3-for-4 game including a pair of runs batted in. Hunter and Butler each added in a 2-for-4 performance at the plate as well.