Sailfish Pitching No Joke in Doubleheader Sweep of Spartans
April 1, 2016
Written By: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- It took two key factors for the Sailfish to take both from the University of Tampa on Friday night at Simpson Field: dominating pitching, and Victoria Gonzalez RBIs. Both Amber Johnson and Jana Wagner went the distance picking up wins on the night, as Palm Beach Atlantic advances to 23-13 on the year.
Game One - PBA 6 UT 2
All of the runs scored in game one were driven in by the Sailfish right fielder, as Gonzalez drove in six runs on two different swings. The junior crushed her fifth home run of the year for a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning, and connected on her first grand slam of the year in the fifth inning. Of her six RBIs in game one, she knocked in three different Sailfish. Ali French was aboard for both home runs, with Maddie Bertisch and Kayla Knight on for the grand slam.
The Spartans scored their two runs in the same fashion, a two run home run in the top of the fifth tied the game at two runs a piece, just a half inning prior to Gonzalez’ grand slam.
Johnson (Win, 9-1) went the distance, allowing just the two runs on two hits, one walk, and struck out four batters on the night.
The ‘Fish put together eight hits in game one, with French collecting three and Gonzalez with two. Knight, Bertisch, and Theresa Butler rounded things out with the other three hits in the game.
Game Two - PBA 2 UT 0
Game two had a similar narrative, but with less offense as the sophomore Wagner tossed a complete-game shutout on the night. The Wadsworth, Ill. native collected her second career complete-game shutout, as she threw one last year at Florida Southern in a 4-0 win back on March 21, 2015.
Wagner (Win, 2-2) fooled the Spartans all night, even though she allowed seven hits, Tampa only collected more than a single hit in one inning, but Wagner got herself out of it. The sophomore collected three strikeouts on the night, and forced 12 fly outs.
The only runs that came across the plate in game two happened in the bottom of the first for the Sailfish. Reaching courtesy of a hit by pitch, Knight came around to score the first run of game two on a Gonzalez single, her seventh RBI of the evening. The ‘Fish scored their second run of the inning when Bertisch scored on a ground ball out to the third baseman as she beat the throw to the plate by sliding around the catcher’s tag.
The ‘Fish collected only six hits in the second game with Bertisch and Gonzalez each getting two, as well as Victoria Boyer and Brianna Rano picking up a hit a piece.
The Sailfish look to complete the sweep against the University of Tampa tomorrow, Saturday April 2nd at 11 a.m. The Sailfish PBA Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Ashley (Jones) Capps prior to first pitch.