‘Fish Round Out the Weekend with a Pair of Losses at Eckerd College
February 15, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team traveled to Eckerd College on Sunday to round out a four-game weekend slate on the west coast of Florida as they took on the Tritons for the first time this season. Palm Beach Atlantic would unfortunately struggle for a second straight day and were swept 9-1 and 5-2 by the Tritons at the Turley Complex.
The surprising Tritons are off to a 9-2 start on the season while the pair of losses puts the ‘Fish at 5-6 after a 5-2 start.
After two scoreless innings began the day for both teams the EC squad would unload in the middle innings of game one as they scored four times in the bottom of the third followed by three more in the fourth and two more in the sixth to earn a mercy-rule win.
PBA pushed across their only run in the top of the third inning to take a brief 1-0 lead as Devin Williams scored following a Tritons error.
EC starter Amber Hay (Win, 5-2) limited the Sailfish to just three hits in the game while striking out two in the complete game victory.
The second game saw the ‘Fish get their first four runners aboard to start the game while moving ahead 2-0 following a Victoria Gonzalez bases-loaded walk and a fielder’s choice RBI off the bat of Lindsey Johnson.
The Tritons would fire back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first then move in front for good with another two spot in the second frame. They added on a final insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning for good measure.
PBA was more successful at the plate in game two as they produced seven hits but were unable to translate those into runs beyond the first inning. They would bring the potential tying run to the plate in the seventh but they were unable to get the big hit needed for a comeback.
Williams finished 3-for-4 out of the No. 3-spot in the lineup for the ‘Fish while Kayla Knight continued her good start to the season with a 2-for-3 performance along with a walk out of the leadoff spot.
Senior Kayti Lundin put together another strong performance out of the PBA bullpen as she tossed three innings while allowing just three hits and one unearned run.
PBA will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 20th at 2 pm for a double-header in Melbourne, Florida against Florida Tech. The pair of games will wrap up a 13-game road trip to start the season ahead of the long-anticipated home opening game set for Saturday, Feb. 21st at 12 pm in a matchup at Simpson Field versus the University of Tampa.