Palm Beach Atlantic Shuts Out Eckerd in Game One
February 6, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- Behind another successful performance from senior right-hander Ashley Jones, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team improved to 3-0 on the season by taking game one of their double-header with Eckerd College on Saturday afternoon by a score of 2-0. Jones continued her scoreless streak to start the season while tossing seven impressive innings as the Fish downed the Tritons in their season opener at the Turley Athletics Complex.
Seemingly getting stronger as the game went along, Jones worked her way through the Tritons lineup while limiting them to three hits and walking only one while tallying seven strikeouts.
PBA received a fourth inning run when Chelsea Gravini led off with a single then came around to score on an RBI single from freshman Natalia Ojeda.
The Sailfish (3-0) tacked on an important insurance run in the top of the seventh inning to increase their lead to 2-0 when junior Cassady Faircloth doubled down the left-field line to score sophomore Mari Stokes who led off the inning with a single.
The Tritons saw a base-runner reach in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Sailfish error however Jones completed the shutout and erased any hope of an EC comeback by retiring pinch-hitter Meagen Camp on a popout.
EC hurler Mackenzie Dawson was not dominant with just two strikeouts however the senior did limit PBA to only five hits. She took the loss after allowing two earned runs in seven innings while walking one batter.
Emma Docking, EC’s speedy shortstop, collected two of the team’s three hits.
Ojeda was the only PBA player to register a multi-hit game with a 2-for-3 performance with one RBI.