Sailfish Sweep No. 18-Ranked Florida Tech with Two Impressive Road Wins
March 1, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
MELBOURNE, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team came away with a pair of close wins on Saturday afternoon as they slowed down the previously red-hot Panthers of Florida Tech and came away with victories of 4-1 and 4-2. The wins improve Palm Beach Atlantic to 13-2 on the season while making them 3-1 this week versus ranked opponents after splitting Wednesday’s double-header versus No. 9-ranked Barry University.
Sophomore Lindsey Johnson led the team offensively with a 2-run homerun in each game as the Sailfish once again relied on all three of their pitchers to get key outs in both games.
Head coach Kimmy Bloemers continues to mix and match her lineup while making key moves along the way to help propel PBA to their best season start in their NCAA Division II history (since 2008).
The first contest saw the Panthers (13-6) lead 1-0 early as FIT first-baseman Ashley Montion delivered a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning.
The ‘Fish would have their own longball answer however as Johnson followed up a Jen Hunter single in the top of the fourth inning with a homer over the centerfield fence for a 2-1 Sailfish lead.
Just an inning later the Sailfish would start a two-out rally as Hunter singled, followed by a walk to Johnson and then a clutch 2-run double by senior Camille Benito that guided the team to their eventual winning tally of 4-1.
Junior Kayti Lundin went the first two innings in the circle for PBA and allowed three hits and one run before handing the ball off to sophomore Amber Johnson (Win, 6-1) who would proceed to toss five scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. Johnson scattered five hits while striking out three and walking one.
Freshman pitching sensation Rachel Pence (Loss, 8-2) took the loss for FIT as she allowed four runs and six hits in 4.2 innings of work while walking four and striking out one.
Hunter and Lindsey Johnson paced the PBA hitters with each going 2-for-4 and accounting for all four runs scored.
The two teams returned for game two of the double-header with Sailfish sophomore right-hander Aubree Murphy (Win, 4-0) and Panther junior righty Taylor Smith (Loss, 4-4) each getting the starting nod inside the circle.
Both hurlers would keep the opposition fairly quiet until the top of the fifth when PBA scratched out a run thanks to a RBI double from freshman Shelby Wood that plated pinch-runner Kimmi McIntosh for a 1-0 ‘Fish lead.
PBA would tack on three more runs in the sixth inning as Hunter led off with a single followed by another round-tripper from Johnson, her second of the day and third of the season. Another Shelby Wood double later in the frame gave the ‘Fish their fourth and final run.
Murphy would be relieved by Lundin in the bottom of the frame as FIT managed their only runs of the game thanks to a run-scoring double by Nicole Shinsky and a RBI single from Jessica Callahan.
Lundin would then pass the ball off to Amber Johnson (Save, 2) in the seventh inning as a pair of PBA errors opened the door for a possible FIT rally only to see a nice defensive play by Theresa Butler end the game as Johnson retired the only two batters she faced.
Murphy worked around seven FIT hits over 5.1 innings to get the win while striking out three and walking one while Smith went the first four innings for the Panthers before Pence came on for the final three frames.
The Sailfish outhit the Panthers 10-9 in game two with Hunter registering another multi-hit game and Wood producing a 2-for-3 game at the plate with her two RBI doubles.
Palm Beach Atlantic will welcome in Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday, Mar. 5th for their official home opener with the first pitch of the double-header scheduled for 5 pm.