Sailfish and Seahawks Battle to Afternoon Split in West Palm Beach
March 19, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team made the short trek across town on Thursday afternoon to take on Northwood University for a pair of contests at Alumni Field. The two teams split the double-header with one win apiece as the Sailfish were victorious by a score of 5-0 in the opening game followed by a 3-1 win by the Seahawks in game two.
Freshman Jana Wagner worked around five Northwood hits in the opening game to post an impressive shutout victory inside the circle while the PBA offense registered all their runs in the latter half of the ballgame to post a solid game one victory.
Unfortunately for the ‘Fish the team’s trend of splitting double-headers continued in game two as they were unable to muster a rally following a two-run second inning by the Seahawks as they held on for the win.
PBA moves to 17-16 on the season while NU is now 14-8-1.
Wagner mixed her pitches and velocity on the NU hitters throughout her seven innings of work as she struck out six to earn her fourth win of the season.
PBA got on the scoreboard to break a 0-0 stalemate in the top of the fourth as junior Lindsey Johnson came through with a sacrifice fly RBI to plate Stephanie Garrels.
They would have their most productive stretch of at-bats on the day in the fifth inning as they plated three more runs. Victoria Gonzalez ripped a one-out double followed by a single from Brianna Rano. Karina Langer then stepped in and smoked a single through the left-side for a RBI. Langer came around later in the inning on a rundown that resulted in a PBA out but with another insurance run coming home to score.
Palm Beach Atlantic added another run in the sixth when Johnson tripled and came home to score on a Theresa Butler RBI bunt.
Langer finished 2-for-3 in the game as they only hitter on either side to register a multi-hit game.
Rachel Hill (Loss, 7-2) drew the game two start for PBA but was chased early as the Seahawks hitters came out determined for a split.
They plated two runs in the second inning on three hits while senior Kayti Lundin came on to put out the fire in relief.
PBA’s lone run in the game came in the fifth inning when Devin Williams lined a double into left-centerfield that plated Langer.
Rano finished as the only Sailfish batter with a multi-hit game as she went 2-for-3.
The ‘Fish will now turn their attention to a matchup with Florida Southern College on Saturday, March 21st beginning with a first pitch of 2 pm in Lakeland, Fla.