Sailfish and Tritons Split a Pair of Hard Fought Extra Inning Contests
April 12, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic and Eckerd College softball teams battled for a total of 19 innings on Saturday afternoon at the Turley Athletic Complex with the two South Region teams splitting a pair of extra-inning games. The Sailfish proved victorious by a 3-2 margin in eight innings in the opener while the Tritons fought back numerous times in game two and eventually earned the double-header split courtesy of a 6-5 win in 11 innings of game two.
The Sailfish wrap up a solid 5-1 week following Wednesday’s important three-game sweep of Lynn University while tallying Saturday’s split for a record of 27-11 on the season.
PBA jumped ahead 1-0 in game one as sophomore Theresa Butler knocked home Stephanie Garrels to begin the game and pad starter Kayti Lundin with an early 1-0 lead.
Things would remain 1-0 in favor of the ‘Fish until the top of the sixth inning when freshman Brianna Rano delivered an RBI single to plate pinch-runner Lauren Powell.
The Tritons (23-20) would force extra innings in the bottom of the seventh however when they plated a pair of runs on a PBA error.
Moving to the eighth inning the Sailfish used the talented tandem of Lindsey Johnson and Victoria Gonzalez to once again claim victory. Johnson registered a one-out single then came flying around the bases on a Gonzalez double to move ahead 3-2.
Reliever Amber Johnson (Win, 15-5) shook off the shaky seventh inning with a 1-2-3 eighth frame to claim the win.
Lundin ended up with the no-decision for PBA but was superb in her five innings of work as she limited EC to only one hit and no runs while striking out four. Erin Dixson (Loss, 12-12) went the distance for the Tritons in the circle and took the loss.
Lindsey Johnson finished 2-for-4 in the game as the only player on either side to register a multi-hit game.
With Amber Johnson sidelined with an injury the Sailfish once again returned to Lundin to start game two as the junior right-hander would pull the rare double-duty of two starts in one day.
After EC pushed across an early run in the bottom of the first inning the ‘Fish came away with a run of their own in the second courtesy of a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch of Jen Hunter.
PBA then scored in back-to-back innings in the fourth and fifth as Hunter added a RBI single while Lindsey Johnson scored on a wild-pitch and Camille Benito drove home another run with a single.
Now blessed with a 4-1 lead the Sailfish once again had to fend off an EC comeback attempt. The Tritons plated a single run in the bottom of the sixth then tied the score with a pair in the bottom of the seventh as Kara Oberer smacked a 2-run double after two were out.
Things remained tight until the bottom of the 11th inning when Chelsea Jeffares led off with a double and eventually came in to score on a PBA throwing error later in the frame.
Lundin went the first six innings and allowed four runs on four hits while registering five walks. Aubree Murphy (Loss, 5-5) worked the final 4.1 innings of play in the circle for PBA and was tagged with the loss as she scattered six hits with two runs allowed (one earned) while collecting three strikeouts and one walk.
The Sailfish would have their chances throughout the ballgame as they posted 19 hits however 16 runners left on base would eventually doom their chances at a hard-fought sweep.
Seven PBA hitters registered multi-hit games with Hunter, Butler and Lindsey Johnson doing the most damage with three hits apiece. Garrels was joined by Gonzalez, Benito and Chelsea Hersey with two hits each.
The Sailfish will be back in action at home on Tuesday, April 15th when they host Barry University for another important South Region matchup. The double-header is scheduled to begin with a first pitch of 5 pm at the Lake Catherine Complex.