Hill Dominates In The Circle As The 'Fish Defeat Tampa For The Sweep
April 2, 2016
Written By: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- On a day where a former Sailfish pitcher wearing the No. 4 jersey was honored for her career, the current owner of No. 4 Rachel Hill, shined in the circle Saturday afternoon as the Sailfish defeated the Spartans 2-0, completing the three-game sweep over Tampa.
The PBA Hall of Fame inductee, Ashley (Jones) Capps was honored prior to first pitch for her illustrious career for the blue and white. Jones graduated in 2010, leading several pitching categories that still stand today, including 73 career wins, 979 strikeouts, 799 innings pitches, and a 1.37 ERA.
Hill (Win, 11-6) tossed 6.1 scoreless innings Saturday afternoon, allowing only three Spartan runners to reach base on the day. The senior picked up three strike outs, adding to her team-leading 64 on the season. Hill took a no-hitter into the sixth inning when Tampa’s Erica Matich slapped a 2-1 pitch to right centerfield for a double.
With the game still scoreless in the top of the sixth and the Spartans threatening with two outs and a runner on third base, last night’s offensive hero Victoria Gonzalez came through in the clutch with the glove, making a diving catch in right field to save the scoreless tie for the ‘Fish.
Reaching on an error and advancing to second on a stolen base in the bottom of the sixth inning, Devin Williams set herself up for Loren Kilgore to drive her in on a pinch-hit double to left center field, and Kilgore came around the score herself the following batter when Kayla Knight singled through the left side. The two runs were all that were needed as the pitching duo of Hill and Johnson shut out the Spartans.
Amber Johnson pitched in relief of Hill in the top of the seventh inning, picking up her fifth save of the season, breaking the previously held single season saves record of four, in which Johnson had done two previous seasons.
With the weekend sweep over Tampa, Palm Beach Atlantic now sits at 24-14. The ‘Fish have a quick turnaround as they welcome the Rollins College Tars for a three game set that begins on Monday, April 4th. Game one is set for a 6 p.m. first pitch Monday evening, with games two and three set for a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon, with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday.