Sailfish Pound Seahawks With Big Offensive Showing in Game One

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Ashley Jones Strikes Out Six Against Northwood For Her Seventh Shutout in 2008Ashley Jones Strikes Out Six Against Northwood For Her Seventh Shutout in 2008

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Not waiting to score, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team hit early and often on Thursday afternoon as they traveled across town to square off against Northwood University in a double-header softball matchup. The Fish were victorious 9-0 in a six inning mercy rule contest in game one.

Sophomore hurler Ashley Jones went the distance against the Seahawks while posting her seventh shutout of the season in only six innings as PBA pounded out 12 hits to the tune of nine runs to end the game early due to the eight-run mercy rule after five innings.

The Fish did most of their damage in the second inning as they crossed the plate six times and batted around the lineup while giving Jones more than enough run support.

They would tack on two more in the third inning and a final score in their half of the sixth inning as they cruised to their 26th victory of the season against 19 losses.

Table-setters Becca Bolinger and Katie Medder continue to do damage from the first two spots in the lineup for head coach Kimmy Bloemers as both players tallied two hits apiece. Bolinger also scored a run and drove home two more from the leadoff spot.

Leftfielder Chelsea Gravini, yet another left-handed bat with both power and speed, contributed one of the biggest hits of the game as she delivered a run-scoring triple as apart of the big second inning for PBA.

First-baseman Cheryl Stephens paced the Sailfish hitting attack as the senior went 3-for-3 with three runs scored as she ripped a double and two singles for her perfect game at the plate. Every PBA starter except for one tallied a hit in the game while the defense played errorless ball in the field.

Jones completed her afternoon in the circle by allowing only one hit, a single by NU leftfielder Kendall Brooks in the fourth inning, while tallying six strikeouts. Seahawks starter Erin Lambros took the loss while allowing four earned runs and striking out five in six innings of work.

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