PBA Softball Collects Third Straight Road Double-Header Split

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

Natalia Ojeda (Pictured) Finished 3-for-3 in Game One Against Flagler College on Wednesday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Natalia Ojeda (Pictured) Finished 3-for-3 in Game One Against Flagler College on Wednesday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- Hitting the road for their third straight double-header and second in as many days, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team made the long trip to Flagler College on Wednesday evening for a pair of games against the Lady Saints. After drubbing FC in game one for a 9-1 win, the Sailfish fell behind 8-0 in the first inning of game two and despite their comeback efforts fell short 8-5 for the split.

Senior Ashley Jones (9-5) rebounded from a tough outing on Tuesday evening against Barry with another outstanding performance against the Saints on Wednesday. Jones no-hit the Saints earlier in the season while winning both games of a double-header. On Tuesday, she allowed a first-inning run but settled down to go seven strong innings, earn the victory, while tallying 11 strikeouts and only three hits allowed.

Palm Beach Atlantic (15-7) helped Jones in the first inning as junior Cassady Faircloth drilled a three-run homerun, her second of the season after hitting a grand slam against Barry University on Tuesday. Caitlin Bouschet and Natalia Ojeda both singled before Faircloth lifted her drive beyond the left-field fence for a 3-0 lead.

Flagler (14-12) earned one run back in the bottom of the first inning as Brittney Hatem tripled to leadoff the inning then came in to score on a RBI single from Kaley King.

That would be all the Saints could muster however in terms of runs scored as Jones settled in for another strong pitching performance.

The Sailfish offense would add on to their lead with one run in the fifth inning and blow it open with five more runs in the seventh and final frame. Pinch-runner Kim Doney came in to score in the fifth inning on an infield hit by Ojeda as the Sailfish moved ahead 4-1.

Ojeda would add a third hit in the seventh inning that plated Brittany Schneider while Candace Horton and Mari Stokes also added in run-scoring hits in the big seventh inning.

Ojeda concluded the ballgame 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two driven in. Faircloth scored twice in addition to her three-run blast. Horton chipped in with a pair of base-hits out of the leadoff spot in the order.

In game two, the Sailfish experienced their roughest inning of the 2010 season when the Saints miraculously scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning off PBA starter Chris Donovan and then eventually reliever Heather Laird.

A solid option for head coach Kimmy Bloemers mostly in relief this season, Donovan inexplicably was touched  up for eight runs on seven hits while walking a batter as she was only able to retire one batter.

After Tatem and King both singled to start the inning, shortstop Heather Hill connected for a three-run homerun to put the Saints quickly in front 3-0. After Sam Boatner would follow with a hit then a sacrifice bunt got the first out of the inning, Brittany Simmons came through with a run-scoring double. A walk to Katherine Cabrera would be next followed by a two-run single from Lauren Ely.

Hatem would then greet Laird as he first hitter faced with another run-scoring single while Ely came in to score the final run of the inning on a wild pitch.

From that point, the Fish would be forced to try and chip away at the Saints lead which they did however they weren’t able to make it all the way back as they finished with an 8-5 defeat.

PBA scored a run each in the first three frames then tacked on a pair in the fourth inning but were shut out the final three innings by reliever Kelly Riddick as she allowed only one hit in four innings of work.

The Sailfish collected eight hits in the nightcap however no player had a multi-hit game. Bouschet finished 1-for-3 with a single, walk, and two runs scored. Horton added in a double while Ojeda had a hit and two walks.

Laird tallied 2.1 innings of relief and pitched well, allowing only two hits and no runs while walking three and striking out three batters. Jones registered the final 3.1 innings of work out the bullpen by allowing only one hit and striking out seven batters and walking only one.

PBA will now travel home to West Palm Beach and have the remainder of the week off for Spring Break. The Fish return to the diamond on Saturday, March 20th for a double-header at Northwood University beginning at 12 p.m.


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