Sailfish Softball Crushes Wesley College; Donovan Tosses First Career No-Hitter
March 3, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team welcomed in Wesley College on Wednesday evening for a double-header at John W. Anderson Field. The Delware-based Wolverines were in South Florida as a part of their Spring Break and unfortunately ran into a hot-Sailfish hitting attack as the Fish pounded out 36 hits between the two games to win 23-0 and 21-0.
Both games of the double-header went only five innings as the eight-run mercy rule came into effect to send the NCAA Division III Wolverines to their seventh and eighth losses in as many tries for the season. The sweep places PBA at 12-4 on the season with the second game victory giving fourth-year head coach Kimmy Bloemers her 100th career victory as PBA’s head softball coach.
Chris Donovan (1-1) tallied her first win of the season in game two as she completed her first career collegiate no-hitter which followed up another solid Ashley Jones (7-3) victory in game one as fellow senior Heather Laird closed things out.
In the opener, the game was never in doubt as PBA managed eight runs in the first inning as they pounded out four hits and were aided by four Wesley errors to go up 8-0 after one inning of play.
The Fish would continue their early momentum from there as they scored four more times in the second inning and eight more times in the third to lead 20-0 after three innings.
Jones exited after three no-hit innings in which she struck out eight of the nine batters she faced.
PBA would add three more runs to their total in the fourth inning mixed in with a few base-runners leaving early to be called out intentionally.
Laird came on for the final two innings in game one and struck out five while allowing two hits.
Caitlin Bouschet put forth one of the biggest offensive showings for PBA in what would be a career-night for the junior shortstop. Bouschet finished 3-for-5 in the game with five runs batted in and three runs scored. Bouschet tallied a triple and a homerun in the game.
Candace Horton finished with two hits and three runs scored as did Mari Stokes who also drove in four runs including a two-run homerun in the second-inning. Erica Walters, Miranda Welch, and Brittany Schneider all posted multi-games with Welch and Schneider both scoring four runs in the first game.
In game two, it was a similar story for the PBA lineup as they pounded out a season-high 21 hits including every player except one collecting at least two hits.
After being held scoreless in the first-inning, the Fish exploded for eight runs in the second inning and ten more runs in the third frame.
Bouschet was once again the offensive standout in game two as she finished 3-for-4 with seven RBI’s and three runs scored. She connected for her second-career grand-slam in the third inning as she lifted a long shot down the left-field line that cleared the bases. She also added in a double to her credit.
Topping the Fish in hits for the game was Welch who finished a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate including scoring three more runs and driving in three. Natalia Ojeda finished 2-for-3 at the dish with a triple, her second of the night, while scoring twice and walking two times.
Walters and Stokes each collected a pair of doubles in the win with both sophomores scoring three times and collecting three total hits. Cassady Faircloth, Horton, and Schneider each registered two hits in the ball game.
Donovan finished with six strikeouts and one walk as she held the Wolverines hitless.
Palm Beach Atlantic will return to the diamond on Saturday, March 6th as they travel across the state to take on the University of Tampa at 3 p.m. in a double-header. Both games of the double-header will be aired live on the Sailfish Sports Network.