Sailfish Split Doubleheader with Region Opponent Columbus State
March 15, 2016
Written By: Will Johansen, Graduate Assistant for Sports Information
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish softball team (17-10) split their doubleheader Tuesday evening with south region opponent Columbus State (16-11). The Cougars took the opener in 10 innings 6-3, and the resilient Sailfish took the nightcap 4-3.
Game One PBA 3 CSU 6 (10 innings)
The opening game was a quiet one for both sides until the Cougars jumped on the scoreboard first in the top of the fourth inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Columbus State added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning to extend their lead to 3-0 over the ‘Fish.
A two-out Theresa Butler single to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning drove Lauren McIness in to get the Sailfish on the scoreboard. Butler’s single was followed by a Brianna Rano single that loaded the bases for Kayla Knight. Knight singled up the middle driving in Victoria Boyer and bringing the ‘Fish within a run. Knight was followed by Maddie Bertisch, who worked a full count walk to tie things up in the bottom of the sixth.
The Sailfish threatened in both the bottom of the seventh and eighth, but could not capitalize to win it.
In the top of the 10th inning, Columbus State struck for three runs on three hits and three Sailfish errors to jump out in front 6-3. The ‘Fish threatened again in the bottom of the 10th as Brianna Skipper and Butler reached on singles, but ran themselves out of the inning, costing themselves the ballgame 6-3.
Rachel Hill pitched five innings for the Sailfish, allowing three CSU runs, all earned, while striking out two. Nikki Brinegar (Loss, 2-4) pitched the final five innings, allowing just four hits, three runs, one earned, picking up two strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Game Two PBA 4 CSU 3
Amber Johnson (Win, 7-0) was magnificent for the Sailfish in game two, going the distance and picking up five strike outs on the night. The senior allowed nine hits, but only three runs in the contest. The win puts her just over forty for her career, as the senior now has 41 career wins for the Sailfish.
The ‘Fish struck first in game two, as Victoria Gonzalez drove a two out single up the middle to bring in Knight. The Cougars bounced right back with two runs of their own off of four hits and one Sailfish error in the top of the third, but the ‘Fish defense stranded the bases loaded, escaping the jam only down 2-1. CSU added another run in the top of the sixth to advance their lead to 3-1.
Leading off the bottom of the sixth inning, Gonzalez worked the count full before crushing a no-doubter to left center, her third home run of the year, bringing PBA within a run. Following a one out double from Skipper, and having McInnes pinch run for Skipper, Butler came through in the clutch driving a double to deep right center field, brining in McIness to tie the game. Ran followed suit with a single to center field, and Butler came around to score on a throwing error by the Cougars center fielder, putting the ‘Fish back out in front, 4-3.
After allowing the leadoff batter to reach on an error in the top of the seventh, Johnson retired the next three to finish the complete game and pick up the victory for the Sailfish.
The ‘Fish are back in action Friday night, March 18th, as the Sailfish host Embry-Riddle for the opener of a three-game weekend series at Simpson Field. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 7 p.m., with games two and three slated for Saturday, with a 12 p.m. scheduled start time.