Sailfish Softball Just Misses Out on Barry Tournament Sweep
March 16, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- Having won nine of their past ten games and five in a row to start the Barry University Tournament, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team looked to close out a perfect tournament record on Sunday evening against rival Nova Southeastern University. That nearly became a reality however the Sailfish faced their first setback of the tournament to the tune of a 5-4 loss in extra innings to the Sharks.
Moving directly into an international tie-breaker situation which places a runner on second-base to start the eighth inning, the Sharks did what the Sailfish were unable to do in their top-half of the eighth as NSU executed a sacrifice bunt which put the game-winning run just 60 feet away.
With one out, Brooke Mitchell drove a fly-ball to PBA centerfielder Casey Gibson (Cape Coral, Fla.) who made the catch and threw home to try and cut-down April Donachie who was tagging at third-base for the Sharks. Despite the best efforts of Gibson, Donachie was ruled safe which sent the Sharks to their 12th straight win and improving their season record to 28-10.
Sophomore Ashley Jones (Jensen Beach, Fla.) took the defeat for PBA after rebounding from a tough first inning which witnessed the Sharks score four runs off PBA’s ace from the pitching circle.
PBA jumped ahead in the first inning with a run of their own when catcher Abbey Shipman (Orlando, Fla.) earned a bases-loaded walk before the Sharks escaped further damage.
Trailing 4-1 entering the third inning, the Fish would tie the game on one swing from senior Holly Elliott (Seminole, Fla.). Suddenly finding her power stroke, Elliott cranked her fourth homerun of the three-day tournament over the center-field fence to even up the scoring for the Sailfish. A versatile player with the ability to play multiple positions, Elliott was walked her next two plate appearances.
Now 21-17 on the season and only one win away form matching their season total of wins from all of last season, the Sailfish will return to the field on Tuesday, March 18th when they host Eckerd College at Howard Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4 pm with the Fish holding a 2-0 season record against the Tritons.