Sailfish Clinch Season Series Over Florida Tech with Wednesday Split at Home
March 26, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team took on Florida Tech on Wednesday evening at the Lake Catherine Complex amid unusually cool temperatures as the Sailfish and Panthers would eventually split the double-header. Florida Tech came out on top 5-0 in the opener while PBA managed a 5-1 win in the nightcap.
The double-header split on Wednesday coupled with a double-header sweep over the Panthers (22-14) back on March 1st in Melbourne clinches the season series for the Sailfish (22-7) after they lost both their contests to the Panthers a season ago.
The two teams basically flip flopped efforts on Wednesday as the Panthers rode the strong pitching of Rachel Pence in the opener while taking advantage of three PBA errors for a victory while the ‘Fish saw a superb performance from Kayti Lundin lead them to a win in game two. The Panthers also registered three errors in the second game.
The Panthers jumped on the board in the top of the third inning as they used small-ball to catch the Sailfish off guard and eventually plate two runs on a Taylor Petersen 2-run single. They would add on with three more in the top of the fourth thanks to a pair of PBA errors that put the game out of reach.
The 5-0 advantage would hold up for Pence (Win, 13-7) who scattered five hits while walking one and striking out five on her way to the shutout victory.
Amber Johnson (Loss, 11-4) took the tough-luck loss in the circle for the Sailfish as she allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits with one walk and a season-high nine strikeouts.
Sophomore Lindsey Johnson managed the only multi-hit game for PBA with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate while FIT’s Brigit Godfrey was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI’s.
After some defensive miscues and mental errors in game one the Sailfish rebounded nicely in game two with a solid all-around performance as Lundin (Win, 6-1) fired a two-hitter and nearly a complete-game shutout as she was able to hold the Panthers off the scoreboard until the final inning.
PBA wasted little time erasing the bad taste in their mouths from game one by plating two runs in the bottom of the first inning to stake Lundin to an early lead.
Stephanie Garrels reached on an error to start the game followed by a sharp single from Chelsie Hersey and then another FIT error to allow Jen Hunter aboard to load the bases.
After a strikeout for the first out of the frame freshman Victoria Gonzalez came through with a RBI single which set the stage for an RBI groundout a batter later from Theresa Butler.
After a scoreless second inning the ‘Fish struck again in the bottom of the third as Gonzalez laced a triple to the fence in right-field that sent Hunter all the way around from first for 3-0 PBA lead.
The ‘Fish gave themselves some insurance in the bottom of the sixth when Garrels drove home a run as did Hersey to put the ‘Fish up 5-0.
The Panthers plated their lone run in the top of the seventh as Nicole Miller contributed a RBI groundout.
Lundin put together one of her best performances of the season in the pitcher’s circle as she allowed only two hits while walking three and striking out three batters. Taylor Smith (Loss, 7-7) took the loss and allowed nine hits, five runs (two earned) with a walk and four strikeouts.
The Sailfish had nine hits as a team with Garrels, Hersey and Gonzalez all contributing two hits each.
Palm Beach Atlantic will be off from game action until Tuesday, April 1st at 5 pm when they travel to play Nova Southeastern University at 5 pm in Fort Lauderdale.