Sailfish Stumble on the Road Against No. 22-Ranked Rollins College
April 27, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
WINTER PARK, Fla.- Fresh off a pair of exciting wins on the road at Barry University, the Sailfish softball team hoped to carry their momentum into Saturday’s regular season finale at Lake Island Park versus No. 22-ranked Rollins College. Unfortunately for the Fish they ran into a motivated Tars’ squad who needed to solidify their position in the postseason as they claimed a pair of dominating wins by the score of 7-0 and 8-2 over the Sailfish.
The season likely comes to a close for the Sailfish who shook off a disappointing start to the 2013 campaign by going 17-5 over the last several weeks to give them hope for a late-season charge into the NCAA postseason.
Named the No. 9-ranked team in this week’s NCAA regional poll, the Fish (27-23) gave themselves a chance by sweeping No. 7-ranked Barry on Wednesday on the road while taking on the No. 6-ranked Tars on Saturday.
Senior Mary Pippin (Loss, 8-5) went to the pitcher’s circle one final time for Palm Beach Atlantic in game one on Saturday and eventually took the loss by allowing seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits over six innings.
Niki Fogle (Win, 24-3) continued her dominating freshman campaign for Rollins by scattering just four hits while registering four strikeouts.
The Tars got on the board with two runs in the first inning as a walk to Aimee Halpin started the game followed by a sacrifice bunt and later in the frame a 2-run double by Veronica Alred.
Things would stay 2-0 in favor of the home-standing Tars until the fourth inning when Rollins added a single run followed by a four-run outburst in the fifth to move in front by their final advantage.
Halpin finished 3-for-3 in game one with a pair of runs scored while also drawing a walk.
Freshman hurler Amber Johnson (Loss, 14-8) hoped to continue the momentum she showed on Wednesday when she claimed two victories against Barry into Saturday’s tough assignment of taking on the Rollins lineup.
Stephanie Sullivan (Win, 14-4) would counter Johnson in the circle for Rollins and come away with the victory by finishing a complete game effort that saw her scatter seven hits with two earned runs, no walks and two strikeouts.
The Tars wasted little time getting runs on the board with a four-spot in the first inning.
They added another run in the second inning on a Halpin solo homer while adding on two more in fourth and another run in the fifth to cap the their scoring.
PBA scored their first run in the top of the fourth as freshman Lindsey Johnson singled, moved to second on an illegal pitch and eventually came home on a RBI triple from Kara Anderson.
The Sailfish added another run in the top of the seventh thanks to a RBI single from Theresa Butler.
Lindsey Johnson finished game two with a pair of hits to conclude her record-breaking freshman season with a .411 average. Johnson breaks the PBA single-season records for batting average, hits, doubles, total bases, runs scored and runs batted in.