Sailfish Shut out Columbus State to Earn Day One Split of Cougar Classic

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations

Saturday's Split Puts the Sailfish Softball Team at 13-11 on the Season. Photo Courtesy of: Ron Hilliard.Saturday's Split Puts the Sailfish Softball Team at 13-11 on the Season. Photo Courtesy of: Ron Hilliard.

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ga.- The Sailfish softball team began a busy stretch of games in the Peach State on Saturday by taking part in two games at the Cougar Classic hosted by Columbus State University. After dropping their opening contest by a score of 8-0 to No. 13-ranked Wingate University, the ‘Fish fired back for a solid 4-0 victory against the host CSU Cougars in their second action of the day.

 Junior Rachel Hill and freshman Jana Wagner combined to earn the shutout win over Columbus State (11-9) while the Palm Beach Atlantic (13-11) offense rattled out eight hits to back their hurlers.

The Sailfish will now turn their attention to Armstrong State University and another showdown with Wingate on Sunday as PBA will put a wrap on their two day trek to Columbus.

Game One

Having won six of their last seven games entering play on Saturday the ‘Fish put together a poor defensive effort in their opening game as they uncharacteristically made three errors which led to just two of their pitcher’s eight runs being earned.

Sophomore Corrie Boggess (Loss, 5-5) earned the start in the circle but was chased after allowing seven runs (only one earned) in two innings of work while WU registered six hits and a walk in the process.

Leading 8-0 after three innings of play it was a swift five inning contest for PBA in the opener as they managed only three hits on the offensive end.

 Game Two

With their first game out of the way the ‘Fish returned to their typical style of play in the second game as Hill (Win, 5-0) remained perfect on the season and the defense played error-free softball.

After a scoreless first frame the ‘Fish jumped on the Cougars in the second inning for three runs, all with two outs and nobody on.

Hill started the rally by reaching on an error followed by a single from Devin Williams. Kayla Knight then went opposite field with power as she stroked a two-run double to put PBA on the board. After Stephanie Garrels reached on another CSU error Victoria Gonzalez followed with a RBI single to put the Sailfish up 3-0.

They added an insurance run in the third inning courtesy of a Williams’ RBI groundout while Hill and Wagner did the rest to hold the Cougars’ bats at bay.

Hill finished with no runs allowed on just two hits while working around four walks with four strikeouts in six innings of work. Wagner came on for the seventh and held the shutout despite a pair of base hits in her lone scoreless frame.

Knight finished 2-for-4 at the top of the order for PBA while Gonzalez also managed a 2-for-4 game.

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