Sailfish Split Second Day of the Eckerd College Spring Invitational
February 7, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
CLEARWATER, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team went back to the diamond on Saturday morning in search of more success on day two of the Eckerd College Spring Invitational being held at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. After a rough first game saw them fall 8-2 against Shorter (Ga.) University the ‘Fish bounced back with a solid 6-4 win in game two as they handed Lindenwood (Mo.) University their first loss of the season.
The pair of games moves the team’s record to 2-1 in the early goings of the 2015 season after an 8-7 win on Friday night against Young Harris College. Palm Beach Atlantic will wrap up play in Clearwater on Sunday as they will take on Chadron State University (9 am) and Saint Leo University (11:30 am) to conclude their five-game trip.
Game One (PBA vs. Shorter)
For a second straight game the Sailfish would find themselves behind early as their counterpart jumped ahead with some quick strikes in the early innings.
Shorter was able to push across a pair of runs in each of the first two innings then added four more in the top of the fourth to put the game out of reach. PBA was not shut out however as they brought home two of their own in the bottom of the fourth frame.
An RBI double from Corrie Boggess followed later in the frame by a Josie Huddleston sacrifice fly brought home PBA’s pair however they were shut down the remainder of the way by the SU bullpen.
Boggess drew the starting assignment in the pitcher’s circle after earning her first PBA win in last night’s ballgame but struggled this go around as she allowed 11 hits in four innings of work while allowing eight runs.
She was relieved by freshman Jana Wagner who impressed with three innings of scoreless relief while striking out five batters, all in a row during the sixth and seventh innings.
The Sailfish managed nine hits in the loss including two each from Stephanie Garrels and Victoria Gonzalez.
Game Two (PBA vs. Lindenwood)
After falling behind in their first two contests of the season it was the Sailfish who fired away first in their matchup with Lindenwood as PBA plated three runs in the top of the first inning to stake starting pitcher Amber Johnson with an early lead.
Gonzalez began what would be a huge day at the plate with a two-run double in inning number one while another run came home to roost courtesy of a Shelby Wood double.
After Lindenwood cut into the PBA lead with single runs in the bottom of the first and third innings the Sailfish offense would be reignited in the top of the seventh as they plated three more runs on one big swing. That swing came from the bat of Gonzalez who lifted her first homerun of the season over the left-centerfield fence as she trotted around for a 6-2 advantage.
Not quite out of the woods yet were the Sailfish however as LU began a bottom of the seventh with a rally that plated two runs and forced another PBA pitching change.
On came Wagner from the bullpen for PBA as she managed to get the final batter of the game on a foul out to the catcher as she preserved the game for her first collegiate save.
Rachel Hill (Win, 1-0) earned the win for PBA as she tossed 3.1 innings of work while allowing three hits, two runs (one earned) with a pair of walks and two strikeouts.
Although the Sailfish were outhit 10-8 the team would get the hits when they mattered most with Gonzalez’ big 3-for-4 day including five runs batted in leading the way. Garrels added in two hits as well while Hill and freshman Loren Kilgore also got their first hits wearing a PBA uniform.