Sailfish Dominate Sharks with a Double-Header Sweep
March 4, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team put together arguably their best all-around performance of the season on Wednesday night as they handed Nova Southeastern University a pair of lopsided losses at Simpson Field. The Sailfish managed an 8-0 mercy-rule win in six innings during the opener while NSU pushed across a late run in the nightcap before falling 5-1 at the hands of the ‘Fish in game two.
The Sailfish pitching duo of Corrie Boggess and Rachel Hill were once again superb in the circle for Palm Beach Atlantic who improves to 12-10 on the season. Nova Southeastern drops to 8-10 on the year.
The ‘Fish put some early support on the scoreboard for Boggess (Win, 5-4) in the opener as they scored two runs each in the second and third innings while putting the game out of reach with a three-run fourth frame. They would go on to add a final run in the bottom of the sixth that clinched the mercy-rule win at 8-0.
Every Sailfish starter had at least one hit in the game as PBA produced 14 base-hits as a team. Five players registered two hits each including Lindsey Johnson, Shelby Wood, Boggess, Theresa Butler and Brianna Rano.
Wood and Rano did the most damage in the game with Wood contributing a pair of doubles and two RBI’s while Rano drove home three runs as a part of her 2-for-4 day at the plate.
Boggess was exceptional inside the circle, changing speeds and keeping the NSU hitters off balance to the tune of only three hits allowed while producing the shutout. She walked one and struck out a season-high eight batters.
The nightcap featured a slower start to the game for the PBA offense but with Hill firing off zeroes on the other side it gave the ‘Fish offense plenty of time to catch up.
They broke through for an early run in the second inning thanks to a leadoff single from Johnson who eventually came around to score on a Hill sacrifice fly.
PBA added to their lead in the middle innings when they plated two runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Wood began the rally in the fourth with a leadoff single followed later in the frame by a two-run double by Butler. The fifth frame saw them plate two more runs thanks to a Wood sacrifice fly and a Hill double that nearly cleared the left-field fence.
Hill scattered six hits on her way to improving to 4-0 on the season while walking two and striking out three batters.
PBA produced nine hits in game two with Wood going 2-for-2 with a run scored and a RBI.
With Spring Break on the horizon the Sailfish will now hit the road for their next six games including four games at the Columbus State Cougar Classic (March 7-8) in Columbus, Georgia followed by a double-header at Georgia Southwestern University on March 10th.