Comeback Effort Falls Just Short as Spartans Take Care of Sailfish

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- Back on the softball diamond after missing all of Saturday’s action due to heavy rain, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team was unable to score a final run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings in their Sunday opener against the University of Tampa.

Trailing 5-2 entering their final at-bat, the Sailfish were able to push across two runs with the tying run at third-base only to witness UT pitcher Deanna Henriott strike out PBA catcher Candace Horton looking to end the game.

Sophomore Ashley Jones (3-2) earned the start in the circle for the Fish in game one on Sunday and while she didn’t present her most convincing performance of the season she did keep her team in the ballgame by tossing seven innings while allowing 10 hits, four earned runs while walking one and striking out four.

Henriott countered for the Spartans and earned her seventh win of the season compared to that of two defeats as she helped push Tampa to a solid 11-4 start for the 2008 campaign. Pitching in her hometown of St. Petersburg, Henriott held the Fish to six hits and three earned runs while tallying nine strikeouts.

After UT scored a run in the first inning to start the contest, PBA fired right back with two in their half in what looked to be an upcoming slugfest.

Run-scoring singles by freshman Meaghan Ireland (Galloway, N.J.) and Horton (Orlando, Fla.) put PBA on top in the first until the top of the third inning when UT would tie the score at two runs apiece.

After posting a zero in the fourth inning, UT would once again put together a rally good enough to bring around another run. A leadoff single by Ashley Arcuri eventually led to a Krystal Crooks RBI single which gave the Spartans their first lead.

As play entered the seventh inning and UT clinging to a one-run lead, the Spartans posted a two spot in their half of the inning to give them what would turn out to be a much-needed cushion after the Sailfish nearly sent the game into extra innings.

Crooks pace the offensive attack for UT for the game as she registered a 3-for-4 performance at the plate while driving in two runs. Arcuri and Samantha Becker also each added in a pair of hits.

On the Sailfish side, freshman third-baseman Abbey Shipman (Orlando, Fla.) turned in a solid showing as she collected only one hit but was on base two other times via base on balls and scored two runs.

PBA continues their treck through the Eckerd College Spring Invitational later today with games versus Tarleton State University and Florida Tech.

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