Sailfish Softball Takes Opener Over Lynn University
March 12, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Creeping over the five hundred winning percentage for the first time this season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team opened up their double-header with Lynn University on Wednesday afternoon with a solid 4-3 victory over the Fighting Knights.
Sophomore right-hander Ashley Jones (Jensen Beach, Fla.) earned the start for head coach Kimmy Bloemers against the Palm Beach County rival Lynn and responded with her seventh victory of the season. Jones tossed the complete game and allowed three runs (two earned) while walking two and striking out five batters.
The Fish jumped ahead early against Lynn in the opener with a run in the first inning as leadoff hitter Becca Bolinger (Upland, Ind.) drew a walk followed by a sacrifice bunt by third-baseman Dani Perrotti (Orlando, Fla.) which resulted in a LU error and the Sailfish with two runners on and nobody out.
After Chelsea Gravini (Orlando, Fla.) sacrificed Bolinger and Perrotti each up a base with another bunt, freshman shortstop Caitlin Bouschet (Lake Worth, Fla.) delivered an RBI single through the left-side to the get the Fish on the board.
Not satisfied with their early advantage, PBA tacked on two more runs in the third inning as the top of the order continued to set things up. Perrotti led off the inning with a single before Gravini walked and Bouschet added in another run-scoring single that sent Perrotti around to score. Freshman Meaghan Ireland (Galloway, N.J.) next stepped up and produced a RBI single of her own, pushing PBA’s lead to 3-0.
Lynn scored their first run of the contest in the fourth inning but it wouldn’t be until the seventh and final inning that things got interesting.
After Lynn tied the game temporarily with two runs in the top of the seventh, PBA would come back to the plate with a specific goal in mind: earning a victory in their last at-bat.
After Bouschet reached base for the third time of the game via a walk, Bloemers would turn to her bench and pinch run with the speedy services of freshman Katie Medder (Miami, Fla.). As she often has throughout her first campaign in a Sailfish uniform, Medder immediately made an impact by stealing second-base and advancing to third on a passed ball by the Knights catcher.
Now in prime position to score, Medder wouldn’t come around easily as it would take a two-out single from senior Holly Elliott (Seminole, Fla.) to register the game-winner as the versatile Elliott delivered a single up the middle to send Medder easily home for the 4-3 victory.