Lady Fish Close Out Softball Season Opening Sweep of Northwood University

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Ashley Jones (Pictured) Earned Her First Shutout of the 2009 Season with a 2-0 Victory Over Northwood University on Tuesday Evening's Season Opening Double-Header. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Ashley Jones (Pictured) Earned Her First Shutout of the 2009 Season with a 2-0 Victory Over Northwood University on Tuesday Evening's Season Opening Double-Header. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- While maybe not her most dominating effort, it’s hard to argue with a shutout. That was the case on Tuesday evening as Palm Beach Atlantic University junior right-hander Ashley Jones tossed a complete game shutout in the second-game of the Sailfish matchup with Northwood University in softball action on at John W. Anderson Field.

Taking both games of the double-header, the Sailfish were held in check for the most part with their bats on a cold evening at PBCC, but the strong pitching of Jones and some solid defense allowed PBA to get off to a 2-0 start in 2009.

Jones worked around giving up five hits while allowing two walks to hold the Seahawks scoreless in game number two of the double-header. PBA also won game number one by a 3-2 final tally.

A product of Jensen Beach High School., Jones backed up a solid performance by Heather Laird in game one with an equally effective outing in the night-cap including her first shutout victory of the young season. She finished with six strikeouts.

The Sailfish received all the offense they would need in the first-inning as freshman Mari Stokes came into score on a wild pitch from NU freshman right-hander Michelle Crompton. Stokes got the game started with a bang as she drilled Crompton’s first pitch of the game off the top of the center-field fence that gave Stokes a leadoff double.

A sacrifice by Becca Bolinger moved Stokes to third before coming in off the wild-pitch.

With Jones working in and out of trouble over the next few innings while keeping the Seahawks off the scoreboard, the Fish would tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Jones a bit more cushion.

Stokes once again got things started with another double, this time to left-field before an infield single to Bolinger moved Stokes up a base as well. Shortstop Caitlin Bouschet followed with an uncharacteristic bunt single that loaded the bases before junior Dani Perrotti got Stokes home with an RBI groundout.

Crompton made a solid debut for NU as she kept the PBA hitters off balance for the most part with an effective off-speed arsenal. She tallied four innings while allowing just two hits and one earned run. Fellow freshman Megan Smith logged the final two frames and was also tagged for one run while giving up four hits.

Stokes was the only PBA hitter to tally a multi-hit game and did so while scoring both runs from the leadoff position.

PBA moves to 2-0 on the season and will now prepare for a busy weekend of softball as they will travel to Miami Shores, Florida to take part in the Barry/NSU Tournament on the campuses of Barry University and Nova Southeastern University.

The Sailfish open up play against host Barry University on Friday, February 6th at 3 p.m. followed by a 5:15 p.m. scheduled matchup with rival Lynn University later that afternoon. Both games can be listened to live or as an archived broadcast on the Sailfish Radio Network.

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