PBA Softball Completes Double-Header and Season Sweep of Northwood University

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- In dominant fashion, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team completed a double-header sweep of West Palm Beach rival Northwood University on Thursday afternoon as they took care of business in game two with a 6-0 shutout. The Fish won the opener 9-0 in six innings.

Now 27-19 on the season, the Sailfish once again played sound defense, got timely hits, and rode the strong right arm of their starting pitcher. Sophomore Heather Laird followed up teammate Ashley Jones’ great performance in game one with one of her own in the second game as she limited the Seahawks to only three hits and no runs as she improved to 10-7 on the season while completing her third shutout.

The Fish once again didn’t wait around to get on the board, scoring once in the first inning and two more times in the second inning before coasting the rest of the way.

After junior Rebecca Bolinger reached on a fielding error to start the game, speedster Katie Medder followed with a walk, putting NU pitcher Tyler Cox in trouble from the onset. After a strikeout for the first out of the inning, freshman slugger Caitlin Bouschet delivered her first of three hits in the ballgame for a two-run single that brought home both Bolinger and Medder for the games first runs.

Ninth place hitter Casey Gibson got things started in the second inning with a one-out walk before stealing both second-base and third-base. Bolinger would follow with an RBI groundout to stake the Sailfish to their 3-0 early advantage.

PBA added in a few insurance runs late in the game as Bouschet led off the sixth inning with a double and came around to score on an RBI single from senior Cheryl Stephens. For good measure, PBA added in their final two runs in the seventh as Bouschet once again came through with another two-run single to cap the PBA scoring at six runs.

Laird went the distance for PBA in the circle and finished her outing by totaling five strikeouts and not walking a batter.

The Fish will have a quick turnaround for the their next contest as they play a rare morning double-header with Lynn University on Friday, April 4th in Boca Raton. The double-header is scheduled to begin at 9 am as the team is expected back into the West Palm Beach area for the groundbreaking ceremony for PBA’s new athletic campus at the Hillcrest property.

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