Lady Sailfish Outlast Sharks as PBA Takes Down NSU in Tournament Finale
February 8, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
DAVIE, Fla.- In much the same way as they did in the tournament opener against #4-ranked Barry University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team took a 0-0 tie into extra innings before coming away with an exciting 1-0 victory, this time against rival Nova Southeastern University in the BU/NSU Invitational finale on Sunday evening.
The Sailfish team along with the PBA fans on hand may have had thoughts of déjà vu as nearly the same scenario presented itself to the team as in the tournament opener against Barry University.
Instead of Barry University left-hander Amber Jack, it was Nova Southeastern University right-hander Lexi Serradet. Both players were matched up against PBA’s Ashley Jones as the two teams battled for seven innings to a scoreless tie. With the Fish playing as the visitors, it would take a run in the top of the eighth for the Fish to earn the victory.
With international rules placing a runner on second-base the Sailfish once again executed a perfect sacrifice bunt as Candace Horton moved Abbey Shipman up to third-base.
Like an instant replay of their game versus Barry University, freshman right-fielder Brittany Schneider stepped to the plate looking to be the hero. This time she teamed up with Shipman as Schneider lifted a long fly-ball into right-center field to score Shipman as she narrowly beat a great throw attempt from NSU center-fielder Rachel Talenfeld.
Unlike the game versus the Bucs however, the Sailfish were the visiting team and had to hold back a NSU team that had put up at least eight runs in three of the previous five games of the tournament.
They once again turned to Jones who closed out the game against the Sharks in unbelievable fashion as Talenfeld was retired with the tying-run on third-base.
Jones finished the game with six strikeouts while utilizing an impressive defensive performance including a few spectacular plays from shortstop Caitlin Bouschet.
PBA was held to three hits on the day including singles by senior Becca Bolinger, freshman Mari Stokes, and Bouschet.
NSU managed just a pair of hits off of Jones who extended her amazing start to season as the junior Jensen Beach native has now logged 31.2 innings of scoreless action to start the season while now improving to 4-0 with four shutouts.
The Fish will have the next few days off after a busy weekend of softball as they will take on yet another Sunshine State Conference opponent in Florida Southern College on Thursday, February 12th. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Palm Beach Community College. Both games of the double-header can be heard live or by podcast on the Sailfish Radio Network.