Sailfish Come Away with Huge Road Sweep of Nova Southeastern
April 14, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
DAVIE, Fla.- Needing a pair of wins not only to keep their record winning streak alive but also to further solidify themselves in the NCAA South Region playoff push, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team did just that as they swept a pair of games from Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday night at the AD Griffin Sports Complex. PBA received a pair of solid outings once again from senior Ashley Jones while freshman Miranda Welch delivered a two-out, two-run single in game one to give PBA a 2-1 come-from-behind win while the Fish held on for an 8-5 win in the nightcap.
Trailing 1-0 entering the final inning of play in game one, the Fish (31-7) got the first two runners on base on a single by Cassady Faircloth followed by a NSU error fielding a bunt by Mari Stokes. After both players were sacrificed to scoring position on a bunt by sophomore Brittany Schneider and a popout to the following hitter, that set the stage for Welch’s key opposite field single that plated both runners to give PBA a 2-1 lead.
Jones would walk the opening hitter in the bottom of the inning but then get a big strikeout and a final groundout to end the improbably 2-1 win.
Dani Caron (15-4) took the tough-luck loss for NSU as she allowed only five hits and two runs with neither being earned. Caron did not walk a batter and struck out one as she dropped to 0-2 on the season against PBA.
Jones was solid as usual in the opener as she allowed only two hits, a Jessica Hernandez single in the second inning and a solo homerun from Caron that accounted for the only NSU run as the Sharks went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The late inning defeat didn’t appear to shake the Sharks (37-15) too much entering game two as they plated two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead early on. The Sharks received RBI singles from both Caron and catcher Sarah Hart to provide junior right-hander Lexi Sarradet (9-7) with a two run cushion.
Back came the Sailfish however with a five-run top of the third inning as 10 Sailfish hitters came to the plate, taking advantage of three NSU errors and five PBA base-hits to take the 5-2 lead. Caitlin Bouschet, Cassady Faircloth, and Mari Stokes all connected on consecutive run-scoring hits in the big inning while Dani Perrotti began a big game two with a two-run single with two outs to score two more.
PBA would tack on two more runs in the top of the sixth inning on a big two-run double off the bat of Bouschet that scored both Chelsea Gravini and Natalia Ojeda. Perrotti chipped in with a run-scoring double in the top of the seventh inning to move ahead 8-2.
Jones fired the first five innings once again for PBA before handing the ball over to senior teammate Heather Laird. Laird struck out the side in the sixth inning and looked like she would close out the game with little problems in the seventh inning as she struck out the first hitter then got the next to line out to the shortstop. However, things changed rather quickly as Hart earned a walk followed by another free pass to Marissa Raimo. Rachel Talonfeld then singled to load the bases followed by a bases-loaded walk to Brittany Phillips.
Hernandez came calling again for NSU as the next batter as she doubled down the right-field line to bring the Sharks within 8-5. That’s when PBA head coach Kimmy Bloemers recalled Jones from the bullpen who promptly struck out Laura Saladrigas for the final out of the game.
Jones tallied four strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work while allowing six hits and two runs and striking out four batters. She improves to 20-5 on the season.
Laird struck out four batters in 1.2 innings of relief work while allowing three runs, three hits, and three walks.
Bouschet finished 3-for-4 in game two for PBA as the Sailfish shortstop added in three RBI’s. Also aiding the cause was the strong play of Perrotti who finished 3-for-4 as well with three runs driven in. Stokes was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored while Gravini was 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
Sarradet allowed 11 hits and eight runs (three earned) while walking two and striking out seven batters as she took the loss.
PBA will now turn their attention to Florida Southern College who enters Palm Beach County on Saturday, April 17th for a 2 p.m. double-header against the Fish.