Palm Beach Atlantic Struggles in Home Sweep Versus Saint Leo
March 18, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A heart-breaking 11 inning loss in game one would be a precursor on Wednesday evening at Simpson Field to future pain as the Sailfish softball team was swept by Saint Leo University by the scores of 2-1 and 4-0. The Lion’s strong starting pitching duo of Alana Tabel and Ashley Elhers limited the ‘Fish to only eight hits in 18 innings of play between the two games.
Junior Rachel Hill (Loss, 7-1) proved a tough-luck loser in game one as she was tagged for her first defeat of the season as a two-out walk and double in the top of the 11th inning of game one sealed a 2-1 win for the visiting Lions.
Saint Leo and Palm Beach Atlantic wrap up their season series with the Lions taking the last four matchups for a 4-1 record against the ‘Fish.
Hill was once again suberb in the circle for Palm Beach Atlantic as she matched Tabel pitch-for-pitch through the first seven innings and the free softball that would follow.
She finished with three strikeouts and scattering nine hits while Tabel (Win, 11-2) was just a bit better as she earned the win behind a strong performance of her own with seven hits allowed and one unearned run.
Saint Leo jumped in front during the top of the first with McKenzie Burns scoring on Adriana Sanders RBI double for an early lead.
The ‘Fish tied the score in the bottom of the third inning with their only run of the day as a double-steal was perfectly executed by Devin Williams and Victoria Gonzalez.
That would be all the scoring until the top of the 11th when Torie Weindorf earned a walk then came in to score on a Tori Thomas double.
Williams finished 4-for-4 to lead the Sailfish hitting efforts with Lindsey Johnson and Karina Langer also registering hits.
The nightcap saw the ‘Fish offensive slump continue against the hard-throwing Elhers who narrowly missed a no-hitter as Williams blooped in a first inning single as the only PBA hit.
Elhers tossed seven innings and allowed just one walk while striking out nine.
Saint Leo jumped in front again with two first inning runs as PBA committed three errors in the opening frame.
They would add on with a single run each in the third and fourth innings while closing out the ‘Fish in the shutout.
Amber Johnson (Loss, 1-5) took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) in five innings of work. Corrie Boggess came away with two innings of relief in which she did not allow a hit or run.
PBA will look to snap out of their slump with a double-header scheduled for Thursday at Northwood University across town in West Palm Beach beginning with a first pitch of 2:30 pm.