DAHLONEGA, Ga.- Palm Beach Atlantic softball (3-3) picked up wins number two and three on the early season Friday, bringing the ‘Fish back to a .500 winning percentage. The Sailfish defeated McKendree 2-1 (0-1) in the opener and defeated University of West Georgia (4-1) 9-5 in the nightcap.
Freshman Magnolia West paced the offense as she picked up five hits while driving in four runs on the day.
The Sailfish return to action tomorrow, Feb. 11, as they take on Mars Hill College at 10 a.m. before taking on No. 8 University of North Georgia at noon.
The ‘Fish will finish up The Steak and Shake Classic on Sunday, Feb. 12 as they go up against McKendree for the second time on the weekend.
Game One: PBA 2 McK 1
The Sailfish offense only mustered up two runs in Friday’s opening game, but those two were all that were needed, as they defeated the McKendree Bearcats 2-1 in 8 innings.
Claudia Pizzarelli scored the go-ahead run for the Sailfish in the top of the 8th inning, after leading off with a bunt single. Pizzarelli later scored the run two batters later as she scored from second base off of an error by the Bearcat’s centerfielder.
The ‘Fish took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning after Maddie Bertisch kept the inning alive with a two-out single. After stealing both second and third base, Bertisch came in to score on a throwing error by the Bearcats’ shortstop.
McKendree scored their lone run of the ballgame in the bottom of the third inning as the Bearcats picked up three singles, driving in a run.
PBA had a chance in the fourth inning to retake the lead, picking up three hits but were unable to get a runner beyond second base in the inning.
Ashton Adkins (W, 2-0) picked up her second win of the year, pitching all eight innings in the opener. The junior struck out five Bearcats while only allowing the one earned run.
Game Two: PBA 9 UWG 5
The offense came alive for the Sailfish in the second game, as they scored a season-high nine runs en route to the victory. West carried the Sailfish in the win over West Georgia, with two two-RBI base hits in the contest.
Maddie Biggs got the offense started in the second game, ripping a double to left-center field, driving in two runs to put the ‘Fish up 2-0.
Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Alexis Brown singled home West to put the ‘Fish ahead 3-1. The Wolves retaliated however, tacking on four runs from three hits and two Sailfish errors to give West Georgia a 5-3 lead in the top of the fourth.
Following three consecutive singles from Bertisch, Kayla Knight, and Pizzarelli to lead off the bottom of the fourth, West followed suit with a single of her own driving in Bertisch and Knight, tying the game at 5. Biggs gave the lead right back to PBA with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Pizzarelli.
Leading 7-5 over the Wolves, West did it again in the bottom of the fifth, doubling home Pizzarelli and Knight to extend the Sailfish lead to 9-5.
Nikki Brinegar (W, 1-2) earned her first win of the 2017 campaign as the southpaw went the distance Friday afternoon. The senior struck out a pair, induced seven ground outs and 10 fly outs.