Sailfish and Embry-Riddle Split in First Time Matchup
April 2, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team welcomed in future conference foe Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Thursday for a double-header at Simpson Field with the two teams splitting the pair of games. PBA utilized a three-run homer from Victoria Gonzalez and strong pitching from Rachel Hill to claim a 3-0 win in the opener before suffering an 8-4 loss in game two.
The two programs were meeting for the first time with the Eagles in just their second year of existence as a program. PBA and ERAU should see a lot of one another in the coming years as both programs are provisional members of the Sunshine State Conference. Located in Daytona Beach, Embry-Riddle is also making the transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II status.
The split leaves the ‘Fish at 24-19 on the season while the Eagles are now 16-16.
Palm Beach Atlantic got all the offense they would need against ERAU starter Robi Zimmerman (Loss, 6-9) in the first inning when Gonzalez launched her 10th homerun of the season and second-ever at Simpson Field.
Hill (12-2) once again proved masterful in the circle as the Snellville, Georgia native allowed just three hits while walking none and striking out two batters.
Zimmerman would settle in the rest of the way and despite some rally attempts by the ‘Fish offense she would keep the home team off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.
The Sailfish finished with six hits in the game with no batter registering a multi-hit game.
The second game of the day saw PBA once again jump in front in the early going as Lindsey Johnson drove in a run with a RBI groundout and Brianna Rano chipping in a RBI double to move ahead 2-0.
After ERAU gained one run back in the fourth inning to cut the lead in half they unloaded in the fifth as they plated six runs courtesy of four hits and more importantly five free passes by three different PBA pitchers.
PBA would get a little closer in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a two-run double off the bat of Theresa Butler that plated Johnson and Kayla Knight but that’s as close as they would get. ERAU added on an insurance run in the top of the sixth and shut the door on any late game PBA rallies with scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh.
Amber Johnson (Loss, 2-6) tossed 4.2 innings during two different stints in the circle for PBA and allowed seven hits, three runs, three walks and one strikeout.
Raquelli Bianco (Win, 9-7) went the distance for the Eagles and scattered nine hits while allowing four runs (three earned) with no walks and two punchouts.
Knight posted a two hit game atop the order for PBA while also scoring two runs. Gonzalez and Butler also each went 2-for-4 with Butler collecting a pair of RBI’s.
The Sailfish will be off for Easter Break over the next several days before turning their attention to Lynn University who will travel to West Palm Beach on Tuesday, April 7th for a double-header beginning at 5 pm.