Bats Come Alive With Big Second Inning as Sailfish Cruise

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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KISSIMMEE, Fla.- After opening up the Rebel Spring Tournament with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of St. Joseph’s University early Tuesday morning, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team came back with a 6-0 victory over Bellermine University in the afternoon.

After watching teammate Ashley Jones (Jensen Beach, Fla.) toss a 14-strikeout gem in Tuesday’s opener, freshman hurler Heather Laird (Venice, Fla.) came out and earned her first collegiate shutout as the right-hander tossed seven innings with only six hits allowed, four strikeouts, and only one walk.

After being shutout in their opener, the Fish jumped out for all six of their runs in a crucial second inning as the team played small-ball throughout most of the inning to produce their big inning.

Leading the way offensively for PBA were four hitters with two hits apiece to pace the Sailfish 11-hit attack. Third-baseman Dani Perrotti (Orlando, Fla.) contributed a 2-3 performance while driving in a pair with a two-run single in the second inning.

Freshman sensation Caitlin Bouschet (Lake Worth, Fla.) continued to provide solid production from the middle of the order as she collected two hits in the victory. The other PBA players reaching double-figures in hits were left-fielder Chelsea Gravini (Orlando) and second-baseman Holly Elliott (Seminole, Fla.) with two hits each.

PBA gets back to tournament action tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm when they take on Gannon University.

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