Warner Southern Fights Back for Game Two Victory Over Fish in Softball
March 29, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After a solid victory in game one behind the heroics of Chelsea Gravini and Ashley Jones, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team could not duplicate those results in game two as Warner Southern right-hander Jen Giles shutout the Sailfish to the tune of a 3-0 Royals victory.
While not dominant in a sense of striking out a lot of batters, Giles did change speeds very effectively in the game two victory for WSC while helping her team to salvage the double-header split between the two teams. PBA took game one by a score of 3-1.
Giles finished the afternoon with only allowing four hits and just one walk while striking out four Sailfish batters.
Her pitching opponent came in the form of PBA’s Heather Laird who took the tough luck loss by allowing six hits and three earned runs, while walking two and striking out three batters.
With the game scoreless entering the late innings, Warner Southern crossed the plate three times in the sixth inning to give Giles all the run support she would need.
After Jen Steadham lined a Laird offering over the drawn-in Sailfish defense for a leadoff triple, she would come home on a sacrifice fly from Jessica Sanchez to give the Royals their first run. The final two runs would come home on one swing as Hope Franklin crushed a two-run homerun over the left-field fence to give WSC a much more comfortable cushion.
Catcher Candace Horton connected for a 2-for-2 performance in game two while collecting half of PBA’s total hits.
Giles would remain consistent if not dazzling the rest of the way and keep the Fish from scoring and help improve the Royals overall record to 21-6 on the season.
With the double-header split, PBA’s overall record now stands at 25-19 with only a handful of playing dates left until postseason play is scheduled to begin. PBA won’t be traveling far for their next contest as they will go across town to play Northwood University on Thursday, April 3rd to take on the Seahawks in a double-header with the first-pitch slated for 2 pm.