Sailfish Fall Twice on Second Day of The Marriott First Pitch Classic

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

MELBOURNE, Fla.- After a heartbreaking loss in their season opener, Palm Beach Atlantic softball (0-3) looked to turn things around in day two of the Marriott First Pitch Classic, but were unable to do so, falling in game one 6-5 to Armstrong State, and falling 7-3 in the nightcap to host Florida Tech. Claudia Pizzarelli picked up four hits on the day, going 4-for-8 at the plate, while also scoring two runs.

The Sailfish have a very short turnaround, as the ‘Fish take on Nova Southeastern at 9am in the final game of the Marriott First Pitch Classic in Melbourne. The ‘Fish had NSU’s number last year, taking all three from them in Davie in 2016.

GAME ONE PBA 5 AU 6

Armstrong jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning, scoring a run on two hits. The Sailfish took no time to respond, as Maddie Biggs drew a bases loaded walk to score Kayla Knight to tie the ballgame in the bottom half of the inning, followed directly by Maddie Bertisch’s single that scored Pizzarelli to give the ‘Fish a 2-1 advantage.

Loren Kilgore led off with a single to get things going for the Sailfish in the bottom of the third. Two batters later, Bertisch picked up her second single and second RBI of the contest, giving PBA a 3-1 lead.

Knight led off the bottom of the fourth inning for PBA with a single through the left side, and later advanced to third base, allowing a Michaela Hynes single to drive her in to give the ‘Fish a 4-1 lead over No. 3 Armstrong University.

Things took a turn for the worse in the top of the fifth, as the Pirates struck for two homers in the inning, scoring three runs to tie the ball game up at 4. Armstrong went on to add two more runs courtesy of two more home runs in the in the top of the seventh inning, giving the Pirates a 6-4 lead.

The Sailfish sparked a rally in the bottom of the seventh, getting the bases loaded with two outs. Pizzarelli brought the ‘Fish within one as she reason on an infield error by the Pirates’ short stop that scored Bertisch. Unfortunately, the rally was too little, too late, as PBA stranded the bases loaded, dropping the day’s opener 6-5.

GAME TWO PBA 3 FIT 7

For the third time in as many games, the Sailfish struck for two runs in their first inning, as Magnolia West delivered a two-RBI single to right field to give PBA an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

The Panthers responded with two runs of their own in the bottom for the first to tie the ballgame, before PBA jumped back out in front in the top of the second. Following a Noelle McGuire single to left field, Knight drove her in on her 11th career triple, giving the Sailfish a 3-2 lead.

Florida Tech tied up the ballgame in the bottom of the fourth as they struck for a run on two hits and one Sailfish error, but the main damage came in the bottom of the fifth. The Panthers offense exploded as the put together a stretch of three singles and a hit by pitch to give the Panthers a 4-3 lead. After a strikeout, two more FIT singles drove in two more runs, extending their lead to 6-3. With two outs, their sixth hit of the inning drove in another run, giving FIT a 7-3 lead, which held for the final score of the ballgame.

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