Sailfish Softball Salvages Split Thanks to Faircloth Slam

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

Heather Laird (Pictured) is Now 5-0 on the 2010 Season with Her Five Inning Performance on Tuesday Night at Barry University. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Heather Laird (Pictured) is Now 5-0 on the 2010 Season with Her Five Inning Performance on Tuesday Night at Barry University. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- On a night that seemingly didn’t see many things go right for the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team, junior Cassady Faircloth gave the Sailfish a huge boost with a grand-slam in game two that eventually lifted the Fish to a 5-3 nightcap win on Tuesday evening at Barry University. The Buccaneers earned an 8-2 win in game one.

Senior right-hander Heather Laird (5-0) stayed perfect on the season with the game two win as she tallied 5.1 innings before giving way to fellow senior Ashley Jones who managed the final 1.2 innings for her second save of the season.

Jones drew the start in the opener and had her first tough outing of the season as she allowed season-highs in hits (11), runs (6), and earned-runs (5), while walking one and striking out three as she dropped to 8-5 on the season.

In the opener, the Bucs scored in each of the first four innings as they chased Jones after four innings of work. After a scoreless fifth inning, the Bucs added two more runs against PBA reliever Chris Donovan in the sixth inning to cap the 8-2 game one win for the Black and Red.

BU tallied two runs in the first-inning when Grace Collins reached on a strikeout and passed ball followed by a two-run homer for Barry designated-hitter Jessica Tabor. The Bucs added another run in the third on a bunt-single RBI from Amber Durkin while moving ahead 4-0 with a run-scoring double from Amanda Goelz.

A two-run single from Goelz in the fourth put the game out of reach for PBA as they moved ahead 6-0.

Palm Beach Atlantic tallied both of their runs in the sixth inning on an error and a fielder’s choice RBI from Dani Perrotti. Tabor closed out the scoring in the bottom of the inning with another two-run single as she finished 3-for-4 in game one with four RBI’s and one run scored.

Freshman Paula Mackin went the first five innings in game one and improved to 9-1 as she struck out five and walked five while allowing only three hits and two unearned runs.

In game two, the contest would be scoreless through three-and-a-half innings as BU finally broke through the scoreless tie with an RBI single from Durkin however the Fish were able to close out the inning on the same play as Cassy Zamora attempted to score also on the play and was gunned down at the plate.

PBA would move ahead in a big-way in the top of the fifth inning as Brittany Schneider delivered a one-out single followed by a flyout and a two-out single to Caitlin Bouschet. Up next stepped Natalia Ojeda who walked to bring up Faircloth. The junior from Lakeland, Florida then picked the perfect time to register her first home-run as a Sailfish as she smashed a Jessica Bevlin offering over the right-centerfield fence for a grand-slam and a 4-1 PBA lead.

The Fish added another run in the sixth inning on a Candace Horton RBI single while BU cut the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Sara  Hipson collected a two-run double that plated both Zamora and pinch-runner Kasey Mistishen.

Jones would then relieve and allow just one more hit over the final 1.2 innings as she preserved the win for Laird.

Palm Beach Atlantic produced eight hits in the second game with Bouschet finished 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the way in addition to Faircloth’s big blast which was her only hit of the double-header.

Bevlin took the loss for Barry as she went 4.2 innings, allowing five hits, four runs, four walks, and one strikeout.

PBA is now 14-6 while Barry is 17-7.

The Fish will not have long to rest as they will take on Flagler College on Wednesday, March 10th in Saint Augustine, Florida for a 4 p.m. double-header. PBA swept Flagler at home earlier in the season. Both games of the double-header on Wednesday will have live statistics and live video through the Flagler partnership with Penn Atlantic. See the PBA softball online schedule for links to the video and statistics coverage.

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