Sailfish Break Out the Long Balls in Home Sweep of Lynn
April 7, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Another dominant pitching performance from Rachel Hill in game one led Palm Beach Atlantic to a 3-1 victory over Lynn University on Tuesday evening which set the stage for a three-homer game two as the ‘Fish walked off 8-0 on the Fighting Knights in five innings. Lindsey Johnson cranked two homers in game two while sophomore Shelby Wood sent the team into euphoria as her second round tripper of the season cleared the fence and gave the ‘Fish a walk-off, mercy-run win.
The home sweep for Palm Beach Atlantic leaves them at 26-19 while winning the season series over their Palm Beach County rivals as they took three-of-four games against Lynn. The Fighting Knights are now 19-17 on the season.
Hill once again showed ace-like stuff in the circle for PBA as she scattered four hits in seven innings of work while striking out four batters and allowing just one earned run.
PBA backed their right-hander with a first inning run as Devin Williams drew a one-out walk and then came around to score on a RBI groundout from Victoria Gonzalez.
The 1-0 lead would hold up until the top of the fourth when Lynn struck for three straight batters reaching to start the frame including a game-tying single from Kaci Vassallo.
Not looking to wait long to answer the ‘Fish came right back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth as Hill helped her own cause with a one-out single then came in to score on a Stephanie Garrels groundout. One batter later it was the sweet swing of sophomore Kayla Knight driving a ball into the right-field corner for a RBI triple as Wood rounded the bases for a 3-1 Sailfish lead .
That’s all Hill would need down the stretch as she retired the LU side the rest of the way to pick up her 13th win of the season against just two losses. Hill even did damage at the plate with a pair of singles as the only PBA player to register a multi-hit game.
A pitching change for LU would be just fine by the PBA batters in game two as they put up six runs in the first two innings to chase Lynn starting pitcher Francais Olexa.
Williams once again began the PBA threat with a one out single and then trotted home on a majestic, aerial display by Johnson as she launched her first-ever homerun at Simpson Field well over the left-centerfield fence for a 2-0 lead.
A walk to Gonzalez then set the stage for another big swing, this time from Theresa Butler who laced a double to plate the team’s third run of the opening frame.
They weren’t done there however as a one out single from Garrels got things going in the second inning followed by a groundout and RBI single from Williams. Johnson then went déjà vu on the Knights as she connected for her second homer in as many innings as she kept a long drive down the leftfield line fair for a 6-0 Sailfish lead.
After a LU pitching change the ‘Fish continued to rally when Brianna Rano capped the early scoring with a RBI single.
Unlike any double-header this season the ‘Fish sent Hill back out to the circle for game two as she tossed the first two innings before handing the ball off to sophomore Corrie Boggess. The Palm Beach County native responded nicely with a near perfect three-inning outing as she surrendered just one walk in three scoreless frames while adding in a pair of strikeouts.
Needing only one run to cap a mercy-rule victory in the fifth inning PBA did it with their third homerun of the ballgame as Wood led off the fifth with a homer just over the left-field fence for the 8-0 win.
The Sailfish banged out 11 hits in the win including two hits each from Williams, Johnson, Wood and Garrels.
PBA will be back in action one week from tonight as they will host another South Florida rival in Barry University for a double-header at Simpson Field beginning at 5 pm.