No. 24-Ranked Sailfish Come Up Short in Double-Header Sweep Versus Flagler
April 4, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team fell on the wrong side of two close games on Friday afternoon versus Flagler College as the Saints came away with a pair of wins over the No. 24-ranked (NFCA) Sailfish. The Saints did enough offensively to win a 2-0 pitcher’s duel in the opener while rallying from a 4-0 deficit against the ‘Fish in game two to come out ahead 6-4 for the sweep.
The pair of wins by Flagler (22-24) clinches the season series between the two clubs with Palm Beach Atlantic (23-10) winning their previous matchup over Flagler by a score of 9-8 as part of the Sailfish Showdown Tournament in February.
Palm Beach Atlantic will have the remaining part of the weekend off from game action before hosting a critical three-game series with Lynn University on Tuesday, April 9th. The Sailfish and Fighting Knights will conclude a suspended game from earlier this season before suiting up for their regularly scheduled double-header beginning at 5 pm.
Senior right-hander Kalyn Loverich (Win, 13-9) continued her solid career against PBA with a complete-game effort inside the circle for the Saints in the opener as she scattered five hits in posting the 2-0 shutou. Loverich walked none while striking out six as she narrowly out did the solid pitching efforts of PBA’s Amber Johnson (Loss, 12-5).
Both teams registered five hits with PBA’s Lindsey Johnson the only player for either team to collect a multi-hit game as she finished 2-for-3.
The Saints scored a run in the second inning on an RBI groundout and then again in the fourth on a Christen Moon RBI single.
After a lineup shakeup for game two it appeared as if the Sailfish would once again walk away from a regional double-header with a split as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the top of the fourth inning.
But the Saints would have other plans however as they finally got to PBA starting pitcher Aubree Murphy (Loss, 5-4) in the bottom of the fifth inning with five runs while adding an insurance run against Kayti Lundin in the fifth inning.
After a tough start FC starter Katelynn Smith (Win, 5-8) settled down and went the distance in the circle as she registered three strikeouts while working around seven hits and three walks.
PBA got on the board in the top of the first inning with a bases-loaded walk to Mackenzie Johnson but a flyout would end the frame with the bases-loaded.
They added on with a 2-run homer by sophomore Theresa Butler in the third inning followed by a solo round-tripper by Lindsey Johnson in the fourth inning for their 4-0 lead.
The big hit for FC in the bottom of the fourth came from left-fielder Mackenzie Conley as she delivered a 2-run double followed later in the big inning with RBI singles from Melanie Oliver and Molly Whittington. Whittington would come around to score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
The second game saw the two teams once again tie with seven hits each as Jen Hunter and Mackenzie Johnson both finished 2-for-4.