Sailfish Split Day Two to Take Series From The Tritons

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- The Sailfish and Tritons exchanged 3-0 shutouts to split the final day, as Palm Beach Atlantic (11-8) wins the series over Eckerd College (9-15).

The Sailfish continue their road trip as they head to Rome, Ga. to take on Shorter University in a doubleheader on March 7, with first pitch of game one scheduled for 2 p.m.

Game One: Palm Beach Atlantic 0, Eckerd 3

The Sailfish were kept from scoring for the first time in 2017, as Palm Beach Atlantic only picked up three hits drew a pair of walks in the opener. Claudia Pizzarelli, Magnolia West, and Maddie Bertisch were the long Sailfish with hits, while Alexis Guerra drew both walks.

Triton’s centerfielder Kaleigh Floyd scored their first of two runs in the bottom of the fifth, after reaching on an error and coming in to score on a sacrifice bunt. Eckerd added their second run of the inning on a Nikole Van Gennep double that drove in a run. The Tritons added their third and final run in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of a Crystal Garcia single that scored Kaylelee Newstrom.

In the circle for the Sailfish, Nikki Brinegar (L, 3-4) pitched five innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run. The lefty also struck out a pair. Jana Wagner worked an inning in relief as well.

Game Two: Palm Beach Atlantic 3, Eckerd 0

Ashton Adkins picked up her second shutout of the weekend and seventh win on the season as the junior was four outs shy of pitching a no-hitter in the rubber match Saturday afternoon. For the second consecutive outing, Adkins had her way with the Triton batters as she only allowed four baserunners in the game.

The Sailfish jumped on the scoreboard first in the fifth inning as Kayla Knight doubled home Michaela Hynes.

Palm Beach Atlantic added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh as Pizzarelli reached on a throwing error by the Tritons pitcher, allowing Knight and Noelle McGuire to score, putting the ‘Fish up 3-0.

West led the Sailfish in game two as the freshman picked up three hits.

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