PBA and No. 14-Ranked Rollins Split a Double-Header in Winter Park
March 31, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WINTER PARK, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team earned a double-header split with No. 14-ranked Rollins College on Tuesday evening with Palm Beach Atlantic claiming a 2-1 win in the opener before falling 3-0 against the Tars in game two.
The split leaves the ‘Fish at 23-18 on the season while the Tars are now 31-6.
The opener featured a pitcher’s duel between PBA’s Rachel Hill (Win, 11-2) and the nation’s leading pitcher in terms of total wins in Rollins’ Nikki Fogle (Loss, 23-6).
Both pitchers would live up the billing as each limited the opposite side to minimal damage.
Palm Beach Atlantic received an early momentum swing off the bat of junior Theresa Butler when she launched her third homerun of the season over the left-field fence in the top of the second to take a 2-0 lead.
Although Rollins would counter with a solo homer from Hannah Horwath in the bottom of the fourth to cut the PBA lead in half the two teams would enter the seventh inning and the ‘Fish still on top 2-1.
Hill would retire the first two RC hitters with ease in the seventh but run into trouble over the next several hitters as the Tars worked two on with two outs.
Head coach Kimmy Bloemers would turn to her bullpen as junior Amber Johnson (Save, 1) entered to strike out RC cleanup hitter Courtney Durbin and preserve the hard-fought win for the ‘Fish.
PBA produced three hits in the win as Victoria Gonzalez went 2-for-2 with a walk and Butler accounting for the only other Sailfish base hit.
Hill finished with five strikeouts and just five hits allowed in her 6.2 innings of work to claim the victory.
The nightcap saw the Tars once again send Fogle to the pitcher’s circle while PBA countered with Johnson after her one batter to close out the opening game.
Fogle returned to form as she hurled her fourth shutout of the season while striking out four Sailfish batters.
Johnson would work through a scoreless first inning before running into trouble in the second as sophomore Corrie Boggess entered in relief.
After escaping the second inning thanks to a tremendous defensive play by second-baseman Theresa Butler the ‘Fish ran into trouble in the third as RC struck for their first run.
Rollins would add on two more in the fourth to extend their advantage to 3-0 before Boggess would settle in and keep the Tars off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Although PBA would muster a two-out rally in the seventh a fly-out with two on in the final inning would end the threat and secure a double-header split.
Devin Williams finished 2-for-3 in game two as PBA produced four hits.
The ‘Fish will be back in action at Simpson Field on Thursday, April 2nd when they host Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for a double-header beginning at 3 pm. The matchup between the Sailfish and Eagles will open up a 12-game home stand for PBA.