Florida Tech and PBA Split in Softball Double-Header
March 24, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team played host to Florida Tech on Tuesday night at Simpson Field and came away with a split as Palm Beach Atlantic took the opener by a score of 2-0 while the Panthers proved to be the victors in the nightcap by a 9-0 score.
Rachel Hill continued her dominance in the circle the past month as she registered a four-hit shutout that took just an hour and 18 minutes to complete.
Jana Wagner was solid but not spectacular in the second game as Florida Tech manufactured two runs in the first inning and rode that to five runs late to push the lead to a more comfortable margin.
The split leaves the ‘Fish at 20-17 on the season while the Panthers are now 26-11.
Hill improved to 9-2 on the season by limiting the Panthers to only four hits while striking out six and walking only one.
PBA scored a run in the first inning thanks to a Lindsey Johnson RBI single that plated Kayla Knight. They added another run in the third courtesy of a towering solo homerun from junior Theresa Butler.
That would hold up as Rachel Pence (Loss, 16-8) handed the ball off to her FIT teammate Taylor Smith after five innings but the Panthers offense would be held in check the remainder of the game by Hill.
Victoria Gonzalez finished 2-for-3 as the only PBA player to register a multi-hit game.
After being frustrated by the quick working Hill in game one the Panthers fired back with two runs on three hits in the first inning against Wagner.
They would on to add two more in the fifth before chasing Wagner in the seventh and adding on a few more runs versus reliever Kayti Lundin.
PBA will be back to the diamond on Friday, March 27th when they travel to St. Augustine to take on Flagler College for a double-header at 3 pm.