Fish Split with Columbus State in Peach State Softball Action
March 11, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
COLUMBUS, Ga.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team split a double-header at Columbus State University on Tuesday afternoon as they begin to wind down their eight game Spring Break swing through west Florida and southwest Georgia. The team began the day with a 6-4 win before falling in game two by a 10-4 score. The Sailfish are now 17-5 on the season.
The Sailfish will wrap up their trip by taking on Georgia Southwestern State University on Wednesday afternoon by visiting Americus, Ga. for a first pitch of 1 pm.
The Sailfish were outhit in game one by the Cougars (17-8) by a 9-7 count but the ‘Fish took advantage of four CSU errors and came away with another victory.
With the score tied 1-1 heading into the top of the fourth inning the ‘Fish unloaded with four runs in the frame including a bases-clearing double by Chelsie Hersey who laced a shot over the leftfielder’s head for a 3-1 Sailfish lead. Following a CSU pitching change the ‘Fish added another run later in the inning when another CSU error allowed Hersey to come in to score.
Now blessed with a 4-1 lead the tides turned once again in the fifth inning when the Cougars scored three times and eventually chased Sailfish starter Kayti Lundin (Win, 4-1). Suzanne Carney provided the biggest hit of the inning when she came away with a 2-run homerun while another run came in to score on a bases-loaded walk by PBA reliever Amber Johnson (Save, 3).
Freshman Victoria Gonzalez added a solo homer to the scoring spree for the Sailfish in the sixth inning that would be enough to give the team victory.
Amber Johnson started the contest but was relieved by Lundin after the first inning. In total, Johnson would go 3.2 innings after re-entering the game for Lundin in the fifth inning and finish with four strikeouts and a pair of walks. Lundin earned the victory while allowing three runs on six hits in 3.1 innings of time in the circle.
Hersey finished 2-for-3 with three runs driven in and a run scored to lead the offensive attack in game one.
A hot start by Columbus State in game two would put up too big of a deficit for the Sailfish to overcome this time around as CSU plated four runs in the first inning followed by two more in the second inning.
After PBA cut the lead to 6-3 after two runs in the fourth inning the Cougars fired back with four more runs in the fifth frame to put the game out of reach.
The Sailfish managed nine hits in the loss led by a 2-for-4 showing from senior Jen Hunter. Theresa Butler also produced her second homerun of the season.
Morgan Knight finished 3-for-4 for CSU including a pair of homeruns and four runs driven in for game two.