Senior Night Ends in Split with Florida Tech in Softball Action

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

The Class of 2010 for PBA Softball Stands with Their Families and Teammates at Senior Day on Tuesday Versus Florida Tech. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. The Class of 2010 for PBA Softball Stands with Their Families and Teammates at Senior Day on Tuesday Versus Florida Tech. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team split their final regular season contests on Tuesday night at Amanda J. Buckley Memorial Stadium as the Sailfish downed Florida Tech 1-0 in the opener then fell 3-2 to the Panthers in the night cap. The five PBA seniors were honored in between games for their great service to the Sailfish softball program.

Senior Ashley Jones (22-7) went the distance in game one then followed that up with a 5.1 inning relief effort in game two as she  picked up her 22nd win of the season in dominating fashion in the opener while pitching shutout relief in the second game.

A pitcher’s duel that went very quickly from the first pitch, game one saw the Sailfish (34-11) score the only run of the game on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to freshman Natalia Ojeda that plated the game’s only run.

Brianna Barth (12-15) took the loss for the Panthers (22-28) who saw Barth toss the first 4.2 innings before giving way to Tiffani Bishop who also started game two.

Jones struck out eight batters in the game with only one walk while Barth allowed only one earned run and five hits while striking out three batters.

PBA senior outfielder Chelsea Gravini finished 2-for-2 in the opener while scoring the only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

After escaping a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, game two starter Heather Laird (11-2) dropped only her second decision of the season as the Panthers registered six hits against Laird in 1.2 innings of work before handing over the ball to Jones. Laird was touched for two runs on one swing as Danielle Healy roped a line drive into the right-field corner and then sped around the bases for a two-run inside-the-park homer.

FIT would tack on another run in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly from Dickinson.

Palm Beach Atlantic would put a sizable dent into the Panther’s lead in the bottom of the inning as they collected five hits and two runs courtesy of a RBI single from Candace Horton and a run-scoring single from Stokes. Things could have continued for the hot-hitting Sailfish in the inning however a base-running blunder ended the inning on Stokes RBI hit as two Sailfish runners were retired trying to advance.

The Fish got a runner on in the bottom of the seventh however she was stranded at second-base as the potential tying run as Florida Tech closed out their season with a victory.

Brittany Schneider continued her solid approach of late with a 3-for-4 showing in game two while Mari Stokes registered a pair of hits as a part of PBA’s nine total hits.

Jones managed four strikeouts in relief for PBA with four hits allowed and one earned run.

Healy finished 3-for-4 atop the FIT lineup with a pair of runs driven in and two runs scored. Oram also produced a multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 showing in game two.

Bishop went the full seven innings for FIT in the final game as she collected three strikeouts in earning her 10th victory of the year.

PBA will now rest up for postseason play. The Sailfish will await the decision of the NCAA Regional Committee as to whether or not they will be selected for the eight-team regional tournament to be held May 13-15th at a later-disclosed location. Stay tuned for PBASailfish.com for future updates on the postseason hopes of the Sailfish softball team.

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