PBA Hand NSU Sharks a Lopsided Loss in Game One

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Winning their fourth contest in a row, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team came away with an important two-game sweep of Nova Southeastern University on Saturday afternoon at Howard Park. Behind the strong pitching of sophomore Ashley Jones, PBA took down the Sharks 7-1 in game one followed up by a come from behind 5-4 victory in game two.

Making her season debut, Jones earned victories in both games with the first coming on a complete-game victory while limiting NSU to only five hits and one earned run. The sophomore right-hander collected nine strikeouts in the opener while walking three batters.

The Sharks took an early lead in the second inning of game one when first-baseman April Donachie earned a single, stole second and came around to score the first run of the afternoon on a Katie Pepper RBI single.

The Sailfish would immediately respond in their half of the inning with a run of their own on a sacrifice fly RBI by Meaghan Ireland (Calloway, N.J.) that brought home first-baseman Cheryl Stephens (Canton, Ga.).

PBA would tack on three more runs in the third inning which all started after two were out. Catcher Candace Horton, an Orland, Florida native, got the rally started with a two-out single followed by a run-scoring double by shortstop Holly Elliot (Orlando, Fla.). Elliot would then trade places with Stephens as the power-hitting first-baseman connected on a double that brought around Elliot for the score.

Third-baseman Abbey Shipman, one of four Sailfish players making their 2008 debut on Saturday, stepped up next and promptly drilled an RBI single that scored Stephens to cap the scoring in the inning.

As Jones continued to mow down the Sharks order, PBA added another three-spot in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

The inning was highlighted by run-scoring singles by both Melissa Wallach (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and leadoff hitter Casey Gibson (Cape Coral, Fla.), two players who were once again making their season debuts for the Fish.

Donachie led the Sharks hitting attack in the opener with a pair of hits while Dani Caron took the loss (0-3) for NSU, having tallied the first 2 2/3 innings of work before giving way to Lexi Sarradet who finished out the game for the Sharks.

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