Softball Survives Marathon Finale to Take The Series From No. 16 Spartans

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

TAMPA, Fla.- The Sailfish and No. 16 Spartans split their doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Naimoli Family Stadium on the campus of the University of Tampa, giving the series victory to Palm Beach Atlantic. The ‘Fish (25-15) took the opener Friday night on the no-hit pitching performance from Ashton Adkins, and after dropping the middle game of the series 2-1 in the opener on Saturday, the ‘Fish took the rubber match in a marathon 13 inning affair, 8-7.

The Sailfish return to action on Thursday, April 13 as they host Nova Southeastern for game one of the three-game set, with games two and three set for the afternoon of Friday, April 14th. Game one Thursday night is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Game One: PBA 1, No. 16 Tampa 2
After being no-hit in the opener of the series, the Spartans took no time getting the bats going in the second game as they jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second thanks to two doubles in the inning.

Michaela Hynes led off the top of the fourth inning for the ‘Fish with a single through the left side. Later in the inning Hynes found herself on third base, and came in to score on a Maddie Biggs sacrifice fly to left, tying the game at a one.

A leadoff walk followed by a fielders choice and an error cost the Sailfish in the bottom of the sixth inning, and it set up a Maddie Farrell single to center, giving the Spartans back the lead at 2-1.

The Sailfish managed to load the bases and threaten to tie or take the lead in the top of the seventh, but were held up just short in their efforts as they fell to the No. 16 Tampa Spartans 2-1.

Game Two: PBA 8, No. 16 Tampa 7 (13 Inn.)
The ‘Fish wasted no time on offense as they struck for three runs to lead off the top of the first inning. Alexis Guerra picked up her first of four hits in the finale as she singled home Kayla Knight to score the first run of the inning. Hynes picked up her first of three hits in the game singling home Guerra to score the second run, and Shelby Wood drove in the third run of the inning as she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

After the Spartans scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the second, the ‘Fish responded with three runs of their own in the top of the second. Hynes picked up another RBI single to push the ‘Fish out in front 4-2. With two outs and the bases loaded, Brianna Skipper, Wood, and Claudia Pizzarelli each walked to plate three more runs in the game, putting the ‘Fish up 7-2.

The Spartans retaliated scoring two runs in the bottom of the second, and three runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game at seven.

Once the Spartans tied the game in the third, Nikki Brinegar (W, 7-5) came in and pitched 10.2 innings in relief to keep the Spartans offense off the scoreboard. While the Southpaw scattered eight Spartan hits, none of them resulted in a run. The Clermont, Fla. native struck out three batters on the day.

After the third inning had ended with a tie score of 7-7, neither team could plate a runner until the top of the 13th inning, as Wood drove a sacrifice fly out to center that scored Biggs and put the ‘Fish out in front 8-7.

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