Sailfish Softball Continues Wild Streak with a Home Split Versus St. Thomas
March 21, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Fresh off a pair of extra-inning games at Lynn University on Wednesday afternoon the Sailfish softball team came right back on Friday night and once again played a pair of tight games. Taking on St. Thomas University at the Lake Catherine Complex the Sailfish earned a 3-2 win in ten innings in the opener before falling 6-4 in game two to the Bobcats.
The pair of games moves the Sailfish record to 21-6 on the season while St. Thomas is now 15-11 as PBA will be off until Tuesday, March 25th when they host Florida Tech.
Sophomore Aubree Murphy picked up a win and a loss in the double-header as the West Palm Beach native performed admirably in relief in game one to pick up the victory but could not hold a late lead in game two in defeat.
The Sailfish jumped in front 2-0 in the opening game thanks to a run-scoring single from freshman catcher Shelby Wood in the second inning and a solo homerun by another freshman in Victoria Gonzalez in the fourth frame.
The Bobcats would fight back however with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to force yet another extra innings contest for Palm Beach Atlantic.
PBA finally broke through in the bottom of the 10th inning when Gonzalez softly singled down the right-field line that sent senior Jen Hunter sprinting toward the plate for the 3-2 win.
Kayti Lundin earned the start for the Sailfish and allowed only one hit and one run (zero earned) before being lifted in the fifth inning. After Amber Johnson faced three batters she handed the ball off to Murphy (Win, 5-1) who would go the final 5.2 innings in the circle and scatter four hits, allowing one run with a walk and a strikeout.
Gonzalez finished 3-for-5 for PBA in game one while Stephanie Garrels was 2-for-5.
A three-run third inning by St. Thomas would be the only blemish on an otherwise solid outing by Lundin in the second game as she went six innings with six hits allowed and three runs (two earned) with a pair of punchouts.
The Sailfish offense finally got into gear in the bottom of the sixth inning as some of the team’s reserves sparked a four-run rally that would temporarily give the ‘Fish the lead.
Freshman Torie Weems got the rally started with a one-out single in the sixth followed by a single from Jen Hunter to put two on with one out. Gonzalez then laced a 2-run double before Lindsey Johnson launched a towering 2-run homerun that put the ‘Fish in the driver’s seat at 4-3.
The Bobcats would have some fight left in them however in the top of the seventh as Jessica Matias laid down a perfect bunt single then moved into scoring position on a PBA overthrow. After Murphy (Loss, 5-2) then retired the next two hitters as a single by STU catcher Danielle Borrelli squeaked through the infield for a game-tying score.
Two more runs would score in the inning to give the ‘Cats a cushion they would not relinquish in the bottom half of the inning as Brenda Emerson (Win, 9-5) retired the ‘Fish in order to close out the game.
PBA managed only six hits against Emerson in the contest as she registered four strikeouts with just one walk. The six PBA hits were spread out between six batters.