Softball Splits Senior Night Matchup with Northwood

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations

The Sailfish Softball Senior Class (Pictured L-R) Jen Hunter, Camille Benito, Mackenzie Johnson, Brianna Parker and Lauren Powell. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.The Sailfish Softball Senior Class (Pictured L-R) Jen Hunter, Camille Benito, Mackenzie Johnson, Brianna Parker and Lauren Powell. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.

Box Score

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team put a finishing touch on their regular season schedule on Wednesday evening when they hosted Northwood University at the Lake Catherine Complex for a double-header. After dropping the opener 6-2 the team followed up their Senior Night presentation in between games with a dominating 9-3 win in the nightcap.

The Sailfish honored their five seniors in between games as Lauren Powell, Brianna Parker, Mackenzie Johnson, Camille Benito and Jen Hunter each received framed jerseys from head coach Kimmy Bloemers and were joined by friends and family on the field.

The series split puts the Sailfish at 30-14 for the regular season as they will now await the decision of the NCAA South Region softball committee to see if they are selected for an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament. The tournament field will be announced at 10 am on Monday, May 5th on NCAA.com and tournament play will begin Friday, May 9th at a location to be announced.

The second NCAA regional rankings have the Sailfish at No. 6 in the South Region with the top-eight schools selected to a pair of four-team regional sites. The three conferences that makeup the region (Gulf South Conference, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Sunshine State Conference) each get an automatic bid while the remaining five spots are awarded to at-large institutions.

Game One

The Seahawks (14-24) came out firing in the opening game with six runs on 14 hits while faring well against both PBA pitchers.

Sophomore Amber Johnson (Loss, 16-7) took the loss after allowing five hits and two runs (one earned) while totaling five strikeouts. Junior Kayti Lundin was tagged with nine hits in four innings of work while allowing four earned runs.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the second inning the ‘Fish tied things up in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a sacrifice fly RBI off the bat of Chelsie Hersey to plate Lindsey Johnson from third.

Back came the Seahawks however as they scored another run in the third, three more in the fourth and then chipped in an insurance run in the top of the sixth for a 6-1 lead.

Palm Beach Atlantic would only get one more run the rest of the way thanks to a Victoria Gonzalez RBI single in the sixth following a Theresa Butler double.

Lindsey Johnson and Gonzalez both finished with a pair of hits in the loss. Cassidy Miller and Rachel Dirks each finished 3-for-4 for Northwood.

Game Two

Amber Johnson returned to the circle for game two for PBA and fared much better her second time through the Seahawks order as she went the first five innings and did not allow a run.

The solid start by Johnson saw the Sailfish right-hander earn her 17th win of the season tying her with former PBA hurlers, Mary Pippin and Chris Donovan for the second most wins in a single-season behind all-time wins leader Ashley Jones.

The Sailfish put the game one defeat behind them quickly in game two as they plated four runs each in the first two innings while tacking on another run in the third inning for a 9-0 lead.

Lindsey Johnson knocked home the game’s first run on an RBI single in the first followed by a run scoring triple from Gonzalez and a 2-run homer from Butler, her fourth of the season.

In inning number two Hunter delivered a two-run single followed later in the inning by Butler RBI single and Benito reaching on an error to plate another run.

The scoring wrapped up in the third inning when Lindsey Johnson connected for another RBI single.

Northwood avoided the five-inning mercy rule with a three-run eighth but were outhit 14-4 overall in the contest.

Lindsey Johnson finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s while Butler was 2-for-3 with three runs driven home.

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