‘Fish Fall Flat on Senior Day Versus Rollins College
April 25, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The recent strong play of the Palm Beach Atlantic softball team hit a rough patch on Saturday afternoon as the Sailfish were swept in a pair of games against Rollins College at Simpson Field. The Tars pulled away late for a 6-1 win in the opener and then dominated the Sailfish for an 8-0 victory in game two.
The losses put a damper on an otherwise great day as bright sunshine played as a wonderful backdrop for Senior Day as PBA honored student assistant Sarah Gosciniak and players Stephanie Garrels and Kayti Lundin in a mid-day ceremony.
Palm Beach Atlantic will wrap up their regular season at Nova Southeastern University on Friday, May 1st with a double-header beginning at 5 pm.
Rollins ace Nikki Fogle (Win, 29-11) began what would be a dominating day in the circle for the Tars as she outdueled PBA’s top pitcher in Rachel Hill (Loss, 17-3).
Fogle was strong throughout as she struck out the side in the first inning on her way to nine punchouts in the game while the RC offense scored one in the first and then took advantage of some poor PBA defense in the second inning for three more runs. The Tars put the game out of reach in the fifth inning with two final runs.
PBA scratched out their only run of the day in the bottom of the sixth as Garrels delivered a RBI groundout that plated Devin Williams.
Lundin followed up Hill’s five inning stint with a scoreless final two innings as she worked around a pair of walks and did not allow a run.
The Sailfish finished with eight hits as a team including two each by Kayla Knight, Victoria Gonzalez and Theresa Butler.
Fogle went back the circle as is Rollins customary lineup choice in game two as she opposed PBA senior Amber Johnson in the circle.
Both hurlers went through a scoreless first frame before Rollins’ designated player Hannah Horwath launched a solo homerun for the game’s first run.
The Tars added three more runs in the fourth inning while putting the game into mercy-rule territory with a four-run fifth inning off PBA freshman Jana Wagner.