Seniors Shine as Sailfish Shutout Barry For Sweep

Written By: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Softball Class of 2016. Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardSoftball Class of 2016. Photo courtesy of Ron Hilliard

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic softball sent out their senior class in style, sweeping the Barry University Buccaneers to win their last 10 games of the regular season, finishing 34-15, an impressive turnaround following the 1-7 start to the season.

Senior pitchers Rachel Hill and Amber Johnson both picked up complete game shutouts on the day, keeping the Buccaneers to 0 runs and 12 total hits on the afternoon. Saturday afternoon was the first time Barry has been blanked in a doubleheader since Mar. 8, 1990.

Game One: PBA 2, BU 0
Game one saw some early offense for the ‘Fish, as PBA jumped on the board in their opening frame. After drawing a full-count walk, Maddie Bertisch scored her 33rd run on the season as senior Theresa Butler drove her in on a single through the left side.

Bertisch scored the second run of the game, her 34th on the year, in the bottom of the third inning. After reaching again courtesy of a walk, Ali French laid down what looked to be a standard sacrifice bunt. But with Bertisch’s speed, the freshman did not stop at second, and drew a throw on her way to third. An errant throw from the Bucs’ second baseman allowed Bertisch to round third and come in to score, giving the ‘Fish their 2-0 lead.

In her final pitching start at Simpson Field, Hill tossed seven shutout innings, allowing seven hits while striking out seven Buccaneer batters. The senior did not walk a batter, but one got a way as she did hit a batter in the top of the fourth.

Game Two: PBA 1 BU 0 (8 innings)
Game two saw great pitching from both sides, as it took the Sailfish eight innings to push across their only run to win the ballgame.

Leading off the bottom of the 8th, Devin Williams scorched the first pitch she saw to deep right center field to start the inning off with a double. After two sacrifice bunt attempts, Barry pitcher Anieliese Palmeiro threw an illegal pitch that moved Williams over to third. S.J. Collier then flied one deep to center field, driving in Williams on the walk off sacrifice fly.

Also making her final pitching start at Simpson Field, the four-year senior Johnson picked up her 15th win on the year. The Royal Palm Beach native tossed eight shutout innings, allowing just five hits and one walk. She also struck out a pair on the afternoon.

For the Bucs, Palmeiro kept the ‘Fish out of the hit column until the bottom of the fifth inning when Williams broke up the no-no on a two-out single to left center. The Sailfish only picked up three hits off Palmeiro in the game, but they were all that were needed in the 1-0 extra inning walk off win.

The Sailfish finish their regular season with a 34-15 record, and will now wait on the decision of the NCAA to see whether or not the ‘Fish get a bid to the postseason.

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