WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Softball pitching dominated the Florida Southern bats Saturday afternoon as Ashton Adkins tossed a three-hit shutout in the opener, and Nikki Brinegar and Jana Wagner teamed up to allow only four hits in the finale.
Kayla Knight had another impressive day at the plate, as the senior picked up five hits on the day. The Wauchula, Fla. native delivered the go-ahead run in the finale on her NCAA-leading eighth triple of the year.
The Sailfish hit the road next week when they return to action as they head across the state over to Tampa, to battle the University of Tampa. They will play one on Friday night beginning at 6 p.m., and a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
Game One: PBA 2, FSC 0
All of the Sailfish offense came in the bottom of the third inning, as Loren Kilgore delivered a one-out single through the right side that scored Claudia Pizzarelli to put the ‘Fish up 1-0. The following batter, Magnolia West laid down a suicide squeeze bunt allowing Knight to score, putting the ‘Fish up 2-0.
The two runs were all that were needed as Adkins (W, 13-5) dominated the Mocs offense. Of the seven innings the junior pitched, she was perfect for four of them. She allowed just three hits in the game, all singles in separate innings. The Hawthrone, Fla. native also struck out three and did not allow a walk.
Game Two: PBA 3, FSC 2
The Mocs jumped on the scoreboard first in the finale, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning as they put together three hits in the inning. Wagner (W, 4-4) came in to pitch in relieve of Brinegar after the Mocs scored their two runs. She retired the first batter she faced to get the Sailfish out of the jam in the fifth.
The ‘Fish responded quickly, as they got the bases loaded with one out in the following inning before West singled through the right side to cut the ‘Fish deficit down to 2-1. With the bases still loaded, Michaela Hynes drove a sacrifice fly out to center field, scoring Knight to tie the ballgame.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Pizzarelli singled through the right side to keep the inning alive. With three singles already in the game, Knight picked up her fourth hit of the finale and she crushed a triple to right center that scored Pizzarelli, giving the ‘Fish their third and final run.
Wagner retired the side in the seventh thanks to back-to-back diving catches in center field from West to secure the win and the sweep for the Sailfish.