‘Fish Bats Break Out in Game Two Win Over Florida Southern
February 24, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team continued their modest six-game home stand on Tuesday evening as they played host to Florida Southern College for a twin bill at Simpson Field. After dropping the opening game 5-2 the Sailfish rode the strong pitching of sophomore Corrie Boggess and some timely hitting from up and down the lineup to win the nightcap by a mercy-rule score of 8-0 in six innings.
The complete game shutout was the first of the season for Boggess (Win, 3-3) who tallied four strikeouts while limiting the Moccasins (11-4) to just three hits after they pounded out 12 hits in the opening game loss.
PBA will continue their home stand in just 24 hours when they host Chestnut Hill College on Wednesday with another 4 pm first pitch at Simpson Field.
Freshman Jana Wagner (Loss, 2-3) battled her counterpart Brandi Jones (Win, 7-0) in the opening game to a 1-1 thru three innings.
It appeared the game would remain that way headed into the bottom of the fourth until the Mocs strung together six straight hits with two outs and nobody on in the top of the frame to chase Wagner and extend their lead to 4-1.
Palm Beach Atlantic would get a bit closer with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth on a Stephanie Garrels RBI but that’s as close as they would come with FSC taking the final count at 5-2.
Junior Rachel Hill provided some nice relief for the ‘Fish out of the bullpen as she scattered five hits in 3.1 innings of work while striking out four batters and allowing just one earned run.
Offensively the Sailfish were paced by a 2-for-3 performance from Brianna Rano which included a RBI single to get PBA on the board in the second inning.
Palm Beach Atlantic wasted little time in getting their revenge in game two as they plated a pair of runs in each of the first innings to stake Boggess to an early advantage.
The first run came home to roost on a Florida Southern throwing error followed later in the inning with a Theresa Butler RBI single. In the second inning it was Victoria Gonzalez plating two more runs on an infield single that included some heads up base running by speedster Devin Williams who would score from second on the infield hit.
Things remained 4-0 in favor of the ‘Fish until the fifth frame as sophomore Kayla Knight continued her hot hitting by slapping a RBI single through the left-side to move in front 5-0. The final blows came in the sixth as the Sailfish extended their lead to the necessary eight-run advantage on Boggess and Rano RBI singles as well as a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch of Knight to seal the win.
Knight finished the game 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot while scoring a pair and driving in two more. Butler and Rano also each chipped in three-hit games while Shelby Wood and Gonzalez added in a pair of hits each.