Palm Beach Atlantic Secures First Round Victory at NCCAA Softball Regional

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

Ashley Jones (Pictured) Tallied Her 21st Victory of the Year in the Opener of the NCCAA South Regional for PBA. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Ashley Jones (Pictured) Tallied Her 21st Victory of the Year in the Opener of the NCCAA South Regional for PBA. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- A four run inning backed a solid Ashley Jones outing on Saturday morning as the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team came away with a 4-2 victory over North Greenville University in the second round of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Regional Tournament being held at Amanda J. Buckley Memorial Stadium.

After receiving a first-round bye in the tournament as the #1-seed, the Sailfish (31-10) will now take on the winner of #2-seed North Greenville and Truett-McConnell College who will do battle at 12 p.m. NGU beat TMC in the first round by a score of 3-2 that was played on Friday evening.

The Fish scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the second inning against NGU (25-20) as they took advantage of a pair of illegal pitches and the wildness of NGU right-hander  Kristyn Smith.

Junior Cassady Faircloth got the inning started with a one-out walk followed by another free pass to senior first-baseman Dani Perrotti. Freshman Miranda Welch would then follow with a single to left-field to load the bases before senior Chelsea Gravini drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the game’s first run.

After the Crusaders then went to their bullpen to call upon lefty Laura Hopper, more runs would follow for the Sailfish. Brittany Schneider greeted the new NGU pitcher with another bases-loaded walk to make the score 2-0 followed by a strikeout and then another run coming home to score on an illegal pitch. PBA would score one final time in the inning on a RBI single by Natalia Ojeda.

NGU would cut the PBA lead in half during the top of the third inning as two runs came home to score on one play. After Tia Frieniere singled with one out in the inning, center-fielder Shealy Broom laid down an attempted sacrifice bunt that ultimately found itself in the right-field corner as PBA’s throw on the bunt connected with the baserunner and allowed both Frieniere and Broom to race all the way around to score.

That would be all the scoring in the game however as both pitchers would settle down and trade zeroes on the scoreboard.

Jones was especially effective for the Fish as she tallied nine strikeouts while allowing only two hits and no walks to earn her 21st victory of the season.

PBA collected four hits in the game with Ojeda and Welch both going 2-for-3.

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