‘Fish Walk Off Twice in Home Sweep of Eckerd College
April 18, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team proved to be double trouble for their opponent on Saturday as they handed Eckerd College a pair of defeats with both contests ending in walk-off fashion. PBA ended game one with a 13-5 win as Victoria Gonzalez cleared the bases in the bottom of the fifth for a mercy-rule win while Devin Williams clobbered a game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh in game two to bring the Sailfish from behind for an exciting 4-3 win.
Junior Rachel Hill picked up victories in both contests as she went the distance in the opener and then backed up a solid six inning outing by Amber Johnson with a scoreless seventh as PBA walked off after being down 3-2 entering the final frame.
The pair of wins gives the ‘Fish a record of 30-19 on the season which equals the team’s win total from a season ago when they finished 30-16. It is also the fourth time in the last six seasons that the Sailfish have reached the 30-win plateau under head coach Kimmy Bloemers.
After being swept the first time the Sailfish took on the Tritons back on February 15th in St. Petersburg the team was hungry for a reversal of fourtune at Simpson Field.
Despite falling behind 5-2 going into the bottom of the fourth inning the ‘Fish had some offensive heroics up their sleeve. They would answer Eckerd’s four-run fourth frame with a six-spot of their own to move in front then put the game away with a five-run fifth that ultimately ended the game due to the eight-run mercy-rule.
Gonzalez provided the final blow with an opposite-field, bases-clearing triple to end it but she wasn’t alone. Also adding into the offensive explosion included a 3-for-3 game from Kayla Knight as well as a 3-for-3 showing from fellow sophomore Brianna Rano. Karina Langer chipped in two hits as well while the ‘Fish took advantage of five EC errors.
Hill (Win, 15-2) worked around some early trouble as she allowed seven hits and five earned runs in five innings of work to pick up the victory.
The second game featured a much more offensively-controlled outcome as EC held tight to a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth after pushing across single runs in the first and third innings.
PBA would chip away at the lead with single runs of their own in the fourth and fifth respectively as Rano drove home Butler with a RBI single in the fourth followed by a RBI infield single from Lindsey Johnson in the fifth.
EC looked like they might have the last laugh however when they went back on top in the sixth inning as Dana Paul collected a go-ahead sacrifice fly only to see the Sailfish answer again.
Corrie Boggess led off the pivotal final frame with a double to the fence before being replaced by pinch-runner Loren Kilgore. Kilgore then alertly slid around a tag on the next play as she advanced to third on a groundout.
That set the stage for Knight as she laced a game-tying single to left to tie the score at 3-3 which brought Williams to the plate. The speedy PBA centerfielder then ripped a shot into the right-centerfield gap that just evaded the diving try of EC center-fielder Carrie Shere and went to the fence. Knight quickly sprinted around the bases and came in ahead of the relay throw for the game-winning run and a walk-off win for the ‘Fish.
Knight put together her second three hit game of the day in game two as she went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Theresa Butler and Boggess also added in multi-hit games to aid the cause.
Johnson went the first six innings in the pitcher’s circle and allowed just three runs (two earned) on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Hill struck out one in her only inning of work.
PBA will be off from game action until Tuesday, April 21st when they host Northwood University for a double-header beginning at 5 pm.