Delta State Rallies for NCAA Tournament Win to End the Sailfish Season
May 10, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
TAMPA, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team saw their strong season come to a close on Saturday afternoon at Naimoli Family Field as No. 7-seeded Delta State University walked off against the ‘Fish with a three-run seventh inning to claim a 4-3 win. The loss ends the PBA season at the NCAA Regional Tournament with the team compiling a 30-16 record for the 2014 season.
The ‘Fish trailed for much of the game after Delta State (31-30) pushed across a run in the bottom of the first thanks to a leadoff walk of Kassidy Tally who proceeded to steal second then third and come home on a RBI groundout.
Things remained 1-0 in favor of the Lady Statesmen until the top of the fifth when PBA took advantage of a DSU throwing error that saw pinch-runner Sarah Gosciniak come around to score.
The Sailfish then saw their first lead of the NCAA Tournament in the top of the seventh as they broke the 1-1 tie with a pair of runs to move in front 3-1.
A leadoff walk of Theresa Butler started the frame followed by a sacrifice bunt from Jen Hunter. Freshman Victoria Gonzalez then came through with a clutch RBI single up the middle followed later in the inning by a Stephanie Garrels run-scoring single.
Delta State began the bottom of the seventh with a bloop double down the right-field line before the next two batters were retired by PBA pitcher Amber Johnson (Loss, 17-9). Down to their final out, the Lady Statesmen received a walk from Tally followed then by a run-scoring single from Mariah Alvarez to cut the PBA advantage to 3-2.
After an intentional walk to Kaitlin Moore loaded the bases the Statesmen saw a hero made in the form of shortstop Amber Adcock who laced a single into left-field that plated both Tally and a hook-slide around the tag from Alavarez for the game-winner.
Amber Johnson took the loss with 6.2 innings of work while allowing four runs with five walks and one strikeout. Miller Maddox (Win, 10-11) earned the win for DSU while scattering 11 hits and four walks to go along with two strikeouts.
PBA was led offensively by a 3-for-3 game from Hunter while Gonzalez chipped in a 3-for-4 day at the plate with an RBI. Kayla Knight and Garrels both chipped in two hits each with Garrels also collecting one of the team’s runs batted in.
The loss caps a terrific season for PBA and head coach Kimmy Bloemers as the team earned their second-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament while being nationally-ranked in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) top-25 poll for much of the season.