Late Rally Secures a Road Sweep for PBA Softball Over Flagler College
March 29, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team traveled to Flagler College on Sunday afternoon for a double-header that was previously set for Friday but moved due to likely thunderstorms. Palm Beach Atlantic rode another solid pitching performance from junior Rachel Hill in the opener to claim a 2-0 win then scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning of game two to top the Saints 4-2 and secure a sweep.
The pair of victories improves the Sailfish to 22-17 on the season while the Saints drop to 8-29.
Hill tossed her team-leading third shutout of the season while improving to 10-2 on the campaign by limiting FC to only two hits while working around a pair of walks in seven innings. She struck out four batters and allowed just two singles in the contest.
Although the ‘Fish were limited to just five hits themselves they made them count.
Sophomore Brianna Rano started a fifth inning rally with a one-out double followed later in the inning by back-to-back two-out hits from Karina Langer and Stephanie Garrels to break a scoreless tie.
Victoria Gonzalez launched a homerun to lead off the top of the seventh as Hill was blessed with another insurance run. Gonzalez’ homer was her ninth of the season which sets a new single-season PBA record; breaking a tie she previously held with former slugger Nikki Staten (2007).
A pair of fly outs and a strikeout would be all the Saints could muster in the bottom of the seventh as Hill and the ‘Fish closed out the 2-0 victory.
For most of game two it appeared as if the Sailfish were destined for yet another frustrating double-header split as Flagler led 2-1 going into the final frame.
But the ‘Fish would have a rally as Rano led off with a double followed by a walk to pinch-hitter Loren Kilgore. After a sacrifice bunt from Karina Langer saw all runners safe and a popup secured the first out of the inning the ‘Fish saw a single from Kayla Knight tie the score at 2-2.
The go-ahead run would happen shortly after when all three runners moved up on a wild-pitch followed by a Devin Williams sacrifice fly to go up 4-2.
Junior Amber Johnson (Win, 2-5) was the third pitcher of the game for PBA and came away with a perfect bottom of the seventh inning to secure the win and the sweep.
Corrie Boggess tossed the first two innings followed by Jana Wagner registering the next three frames inside the circle. Johnson would not allow a run in her two innings of work while the Sailfish trio combined to allow just three Flagler hits in the game.
PBA got on the board in the third inning when Garrels began the frame with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Knight and then later came in to score on a Lindsey Johnson RBI single.
The Saints answered back with their only two runs of the day in the bottom of the third when they took advantage of two PBA errors as they led 2-1 until the seventh inning.
PBA will travel to Rollins College on Tuesday, March 31st at 4 pm to wrap up their modest four-game road trip. That will set the stage for a 12-game home stand over the next several weeks that will bring in six different opponents to Simpson Field.