‘Fish Split with Sharks to Close Out the 2015 Season
May 1, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball shook off a tough game one defeat to Nova Southeastern University on Friday evening at the AD Griffin Sports Complex by handing the Sharks an 8-1 game two loss which clinched the season series. Sophomore Corrie Boggess struck out 11 batters in the nightcap as PBA earned three wins in four games over their South Florida rivals.
The double-header split lands the team at 33-22 on the season which marks their second most victories in a season with only the 2010 mark of 36-13 seeing PBA earn more in the win column.
Facing a NSU team that entered play at 19-24 the ‘Fish would not be able to hold off a couple of late NSU rallies in the opener that left them with a walk-off, 6-5 win in the bottom of the 10th inning.
PBA jumped out to a 3-0 lead through six innings of play before a three-run rally by the Sharks in the bottom of the seventh forced extra innings.
Theresa Butler drove home the first run of the game for PBA in the top of the third on a RBI single followed by a sacrifice bunt RBI from Victoria Gonzalez later in the frame.
Back-to-back bunt singles from Karina Langer and Stephanie Garrels in the fourth set the stage for a Kayla Knight RBI hit as PBA entered the final frame leading 3-0.
With junior Rachel Hill (Loss, 17-4) looking to close things out the NSU side put together a rally that plated three runs thanks to three hits, a walk and a PBA error.
Things stayed 3-3 until the top of the 10th when PBA momentarily took a 5-3 lead courtesy of a RBI single from Butler and a run-scoring double off the bat of Lindsey Johnson.
Trying to close out the Sharks a second time proved as futile as the first when NSU catcher Krista Colburn delivered a two-run single for a walk-off win.
Knight continued her late-season surge with the bat as the sophomore from Wauchula, Fla. went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Butler also added a 2-for-5 game with a pair of RBI’s.
Hill went the distance for PBA and allowed six runs (three earned) in 9.1 innings of work while walking one and striking out one.
The final game of the regular season was nearly over after the first inning as PBA plated four runs and then cruised to an 8-1 win.
Boggess (Win, 7-8) was superb in the circle for PBA as she allowed only two hits and one run while striking out a season-high 11 batters.
The first four batters of the game reached for PBA with Knight and Devin Williams each producing singles followed by a walk to Butler. Victoria Gonzalez then stepped in and added a two-run single followed by a sacrifice bunt from Johnson. Another pair came home thanks to a NSU error.
With the score standing 4-1 entering the fifth inning the Sailfish put the game on ice with a run in the fifth, two more in the sixth and another for good measure in the seventh.
Johnson provided the damage in the fifth with a RBI single while Gonzalez chipped in another two-run single in the sixth to up her team-high total in runs batted in to 53 on the season.
Knight and Williams each finished with two hits and a pair scored atop the PBA order while Gonzalez was 2-for-4 with four runs batted in.