Going Going Gonzo… Again; PBA Powers Past Georgia Southwestern
March 10, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
AMERICUS, Ga.- The Sailfish softball team flexed their muscles and put on a power display on Tuesday afternoon as they swept a pair of games against Georgia Southwestern University at Lady ‘Canes Field. Palm Beach Atlantic cranked out four homeruns on the day including three long balls from sophomore Victoria Gonzalez as the ‘Fish produced 9-0 and 10-1 wins over the Lady ‘Canes.
Gonzalez’ big day at the plate saw the Miami native finish 5-of-9 with three homeruns, four runs scored and nine runs batted in. She now has eight homeruns and 38 runs batted in on the season to far and away lead the club.
The big offensive showing put an exclamation point on a solid road trip that saw the Sailfish go 4-2 while participating in the Cougar Classic over the weekend and then their Tuesday shellacking of GSU.
PBA now stands at 16-12 on the season with many more important in-region games set on their upcoming schedule. They will take the remainder of the week off from game action as they enjoy the second-half of their Spring Break away from the field.
The opening game saw another standout pitching performance from junior Rachel Hill (Win, 7-0) as she tossed a complete-game shutout while allowing just four hits. The Snellville, Georgia native struck out six and walked only two as the offense gave her plenty of room to work with.
Palm Beach Atlantic broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning when Gonzalez drove home her first run of the day on a RBI single that plated senior Stephanie Garrels. Theresa Butler wasted no time in adding to the lead as she followed Gonzalez with a run-scoring double as PBA led 2-0 after three innings.
With Hill producing scoreless frame after scoreless frame the ‘Fish offense gave her some insurance with three runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh.
Kayla Knight drove home the first run in the sixth on a double that plated Karina Langer with Knight eventually coming home to score on a wild pitch. Lindsey Johnson registered the other RBI in the inning on a groundout.
The nail in the coffin came via the four-run seventh as Corrie Boggess produced a RBI single, Shelby Wood chipped in a sacrifice fly, and Gonzalez ripped a two-run shot, her first round-tripper of the day.
Langer finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored out of the eighth spot in the lineup while Knight, Gonzalez, Butler and Johnson each managed two hits apiece.
The afternoon’s second game witnessed the ‘Fish jump in front with two runs in the first followed by four more in the middle innings and another four-spot in the seventh for a 10-1 win.
They matched their first game hitting output with 13 total hits in the contest while limiting the Lady ‘Canes to only two hits.
Jana Wagner (Win, 3-3) went the first three innings in the circle and registered four strikeouts with just one hit allowed while Kayti Lundin allowed just one hit and a run in her two innings of work.
Devin Williams collected the first run-scoring hit of the game on a RBI double in the first while Gonzalez reached on an error to produce another run on a GSU error.
PBA increased their lead in the fourth inning when Gonzalez led off with a solo homer, Butler walked and Johnson smashed her second homerun of the season for a 5-0 lead.
Another ‘Gonzo RBI double in the fifth got the ‘Fish up to 6-0 while she knocked out a 3-run shot to highlight the team’s four-run seventh frame.
The top of the order did the majority of the damage in the nightcap with Knight, Williams and Gonzalez each registering three hits each with Gonzalez driving in six runs. Johnson also registered a three-hit game to give PBA another strong bat in the lineup.
Palm Beach Atlantic will be off from game action until Wednesday, March 18th when they host Saint Leo University for a double-header at Simpson Field.