‘Fish Fall Flat in a Pair at Saint Leo
February 14, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
SAINT LEO, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team looked to continue their early season momentum on Saturday afternoon and possibly spoil the Saint Leo University home opener but instead the Lions had other plans as they defeated the Sailfish by the scores of 7-2 and 3-0. The losses drop the ‘Fish to 5-4 on the young season while the Lions improved to 8-2.
After hitting over .300 as a team in their opening tournament last weekend which included a win over Saint Leo, the ‘Fish have not found as many consistent at-bats through their last four games including a split at Barry University on Wednesday and their two games at Saint Leo.
They will look to right the ship on Sunday as they complete a west Florida swing as they battle Eckerd College for a double-header beginning at 12 pm.
The opener saw the ‘Fish once again struggle to hold their opponent off the scoreboard in the early innings as the Lions pushed across two runs in the first inning and four more in the second against a total of three PBA pitchers.
Senior Kayti Lundin turned out to be the most solid of the three Sailfish hurlers as she went the final 4.1 innings of the ballgame in relief as she allowed seven hits but just one run while striking out three batters.
Palm Beach Atlantic finished with single runs in the second and seventh innings that included a RBI single from Kayla Knight and the final run coming in courtesy of a SLU error.
The Sailfish knocked out nine hits including a 2-for-4 showing from Lindsey Johnson.
The second game featured a more traditional pitcher’s duel as freshman Jana Wagner (Loss, 2-1) matched up against the Lions’ own freshman in Samantha Tyler (Win, 3-0).
Both right-handers pitched their respective teams to a scoreless tie until the third inning when the Lions took advantage of two PBA errors that allowed a pair of unearned runs to cross the plate.
Saint Leo would add on another run in the fourth which ended up being the final tally of 3-0.
PBA was limited to just four hits as Tyler went the distance and struck out eight in the circle for SLU. Wagner was solid in the loss with six hits allowed, three runs (one earned) while walking none and striking out two.
Knight moved to the leadoff spot for the first time this season for PBA and responded with a 2-for-4 game at the plate to account for half of the Sailfish’ four hits.