Shipman Delivers Game Winning Hit In Extra Innings
February 29, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Taking part in their last double-header before a much anticipated Spring Break trip to the Rebel Springs Tournament next week, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team received a big lift from freshman Abbey Shipman in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Sailfish a 1-0 defeat of Gannon University on Friday evening.
Sophomore Ashley Jones (Jensen Beach, Fla.) posted yet another spectacular outing from inside the pitching circle for PBA as the right-hander earned her second shutout of the season while improving her overall record to 5-3 with the game one victory.
Jones was impressive throughout, limiting the Golden Knights to only four hits in eight innings of work while totaling nine strikeouts and two walks.
On the Golden Knights side, Gannon starter Lauren Soldner was nearly as impressive with 7 2/3 innings of work while holding the Fish to only four hits while the run scored against her in the eighth inning proved to be unearned. Solder also recorded nine punch-out’s for GU.
With the international tie-breaker rule in place before the ballgame that allows that each team will automatically receive a base-runner on second-base to start the inning, the Sailfish were able to escape the top-half of the eighth inning unscathed before moving to their half of the inning.
With senior Melissa Wallach (West Palm Beach, Fla.) stationed at second-base, Soldner would retire both Casey Gibson (Cape Coral, Fla.) and Candace Horton (Orlando, Fla.) giving strong hope to Golden Knight fans of even more extra innings.
That wouldn’t be the case for this game as Shipman lined the offering over the shortstops head which sent Wallach around with plenty of time to score the game-winning run.
Diminutive at only 5’1” tall, Shipman certainly makes up for her lack in height with how she swings the bat as the Freedom High School product is currently hitting at over a .330 clip.
Left-fielder Carol Kienzl and catcher Kara Hensly led the offensive attack for GU with two hits each.