Jones and Schneider Play Heroes as Fish Takes Down #4-Ranked Barry University
February 6, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team got off to a roaring start at the Barry University/Nova Southeastern University tournament on Friday afternoon as they defeated pre-season #4-ranked Barry University in extra innings as PBA junior Ashley Jones went the distance in the circle and freshman Brittany Schneider delivered the game-winning hit in the eighth inning.
Facing NCAA Division II All-American and the reigning Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Year in Amber Jack, the Sailfish obviously had their work cut out for them. In fact, the crafty Buccaneers left-hander held the Fish hitless in their only meeting last season on their way to a 2-0 victory.
Much like she did last season, Jones seemed to match Jack pitch-for-pitch as the now junior right-hander from Jensen Beach, Florida extended her scoreless inning streak to fifteen innings after posting her first shutout of the season earlier in the week against Northwood University.
With the score all tied up at zero after the regular seven innings of play had concluded, the game would move into international softball tie-breaking rules which places a runner on second-base to start each extra frame.
After Jones and the Fish escaped the top-half of the inning unscathed, PBA went to work in their bottom half of the inning. Sophomore Abbey Shipman was placed on second-base after being the final out of the seventh inning. That brought junior Candace Horton who executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Shipman to third-base with one out.
That brought Schneider to the plate who delivered big time with a long single to left-field that went over the head of BU left-fielder Shyla Rider and sent Shipman racing home for the game-winning run.
The “walk-off” hit for Schneider was just one of a number of outstanding plays made by the young outfielder as the former Pine Castle Christian product came through with a number of outstanding defensive plays as well. She threw out the very first hitter of the game as she came up firing from right-field to get the speedy runner at first-base.
Later on in the game with the Bucs threatening against Jones, Schneider made a spectacular, fully-extended diving catch that saved a run on defense.
With the victory, PBA moved to 3-0 on the season while today’s matchup with PBA was the first game of the season for BU as they dropped to 0-1. Voted the number one team in the preseason Sunshine State Conference coaches poll, the Buccaneers are coming off a sensational 2008 campaign that saw them reach the NCAA National Tournament and finishing with a 44-8 overall record.