Sailfish Exact Revenge on Wingate Before Falling Against Armstrong State
March 8, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
COLUMBUS, Ga.- The Sailfish softball team continued play on Sunday at the Cougar Classic by taking on Wingate University and Armstrong State University at Cougar Field. One day after falling 8-0 to Wingate the ‘Fish fired back in a big way on Sunday thanks to four first-inning homeruns as they defeated the Bulldogs 7-1 before falling short against Armstrong State University by an 11-3 mark.
The Sailfish are now 14-12 on the season with two games left in Georgia before returning home for the remainder of the team’s Spring Break. PBA is set to do battle with Georgia Southwestern University on Tuesday, March 10th at 1 pm in Americus, Ga.
Game One (PBA vs. Wingate University)
The first game of the day saw the ‘Fish put together an impressive power display from the opening at-bat as leadoff hitter Kayla Knight drilled a Wingate offering over the right-centerfield fence for a 1-0 lead.
After WU retired the next batter and issued a walk to Victoria Gonzalez Corrie Boggess and Theresa Butler would follow with back-to-back bombs for a 4-0 advantage. After another out it was Shelby Wood joining the long ball parade as she produced her second homerun of the season as it sailed over the centerfield wall.
Blessed with their big lead the ‘Fish added on their final two runs in the fourth inning when Knight drove home Devin Williams followed later in the frame by a Stephanie Garrels RBI double.
Rachel Hill improved to 6-0 on the season by allowing just one run and three hits over the course of seven innings in the pitcher’s circle. She walked four batters and struck out a season-high nine.
Butler finished 3-for-4 at the plate while Knight and Williams each registered two hits apiece.
Game Two (PBA vs. Armstrong State University)
Hoping to take three out of four games at the Cougar Classic with a win over Armstrong State the ‘Fish fell flat in the late innings after an initial comeback tied the score.
ASU jumped ahead with a three-run second inning that gave starting pitcher Jane Trzaska (Win, 6-3) an early advantage but the ‘Fish would have an answer.
In the bottom of the second the Sailfish managed to make up their deficit thanks to a RBI single from Williams, a double steal that saw Karina Langer scamper home, and a run-scoring double off the bat of Knight.
With the game now knotted at 3-3 the Pirates were the only ones able to score the rest of the way as they put together a pair of four-run innings, the first in the fifth and again in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Four PBA pitchers saw time in the circle with Amber Johnson (Loss, 1-4) taking the loss while tossing three innings of relief.