Game Two Belongs to Fish as Jones Leads the Way

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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DAVIE, Fla.- Needing a win to even the season series at three games apiece, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team got just what they needed out of ace right-hander Ashley Jones: a solid complete game pitching performance.

The sophomore right-hander from Jensen Beach, Florida tossed seven solid innings, limiting the Sharks to only five hits as PBA took the night-cap 4-1 after falling in the opener 6-3.

Tallying her 11th win of the season while also keeping her earned run average below 1.00 for the season, Jones finished the night with 10 strikeouts while allowing only one earned run and walking none.

Jones even helped her own cause at the plate. While not typically apart of the offensive lineup while also pitching, head coach Kimmy Bloemers looked for an offensive spark and seemingly found it in the right-handed bat of Jones.

The Fish crossed two runs in the second inning as senior Holly Elliott earned a one out walk followed up by a double from sophomore Dani Perrotti and a RBI single from Jones. Perrotti would come around to score the second run on a passed ball.

With NSU striking for their lone run of the contest in the fourth inning on a solo homerun from Brooke Mitchell, her first collegiate homerun in her career, the Sailfish would look to rebound.

They did just that by adding some insurance runs in the fifth and sixth to give Jones some breathing room. Senior Casey Gibson reached on a fielders choice in the fifth and eventually stole second and then was brought home on an RBI single from junior Rebecca Bolinger.

The sixth inning scoring came after sophomore Chelsea Gravini delivered a leadoff triple before coming in on a RBI groundout from Elliott.

That would be all the support Jones would need the rest of the night as the Jensen Beach High School product mowed down the Sharks lineup with relative ease the rest of the way to take the game for the Fish.

Now 24-18 on the season, Palm Beach Atlantic will turn their attention to Saturday’s matchup with Warner Southern College which will take place at Howard Park beginning at 1 pm. This will be the final game at Howard Park on the season as PBA’s final home game of the season (Double-header versus Rollins, April 9th) has been moved to the Lake Catherine Complex in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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