PBA Softball Comes Through With Offensive Explosion in Sweep of Eckerd
February 14, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Its been a successful start to the season for the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team. Through 11 games, the Sailfish had been riding their outstanding pitching and solid defense to win eight of their first 11 games. It was the offense’s turn to shine in game two of a double-header with Eckerd College on Saturday as the Fish pounded out 14 hits and 11 runs to route the Tritons 11-0 in five innings.
Coming into Saturday’s double-header with a team batting average below .200, the Fish scored early and often as they plated three runs in the first inning to back starting pitcher Ashley Jones and then six more times in the second inning to take a commanding 9-0 lead.
Another run in the third and fourth inning finished off the Tritons who were swept by the Sailfish after a tighter 4-3 victory for PBA in the double-header opener.
EC elected to start Mackenzie Dawson who lasted just one inning while allowing eight hits, eight runs (seven earned), while walking one and striking out none. Christina Hughes and Kristen Torres would follow with both being tagged for earned runs as well.
Jones (5-1) shook off her only defeat thus far this season on Thursday as she lost a tough battle against Florida Southern College in extra innings. A quiet afternoon for the Jensen Beach native as Jones tallied five strikeouts and threw a lot of strikes for the Fish with PBA holding the commanding early lead.
It started once again with leadoff hitter Mari Stokes who went 3-for-4 in the game one victory including her first career homerun. Stokes went another 3-for-4 in game two as she scored three times and drove in two runs from the leadoff spot.
In the bottom of the first inning Stokes got things started with a single up the middle followed by a bunt single from senior outfielder Becca Bolinger. After a sacrifice bunt from catcher Erica Walters moved the runners each up a base, shortstop Caitlin Bouschet proceeded with an infield single that scored Stokes.
After Abbey Shipman reached on a fielder’s choice, Bouschet would come in to score on an Eckerd throwing error.
With Jones dealing a one-two-three first and second innings, the Sailfish bats would once again be quick to come back up as they delivered a near knock-out blow with six runs in the second inning.
Highlighting the offensive explosion was a pair two-run double by Stokes and first-baseman Dani Perrotti.
With the Fish holding the 11-0 lead after five innings the game was called with the predetermined eight-run mercy rule.
Stokes and Bolinger both finished with three hits while Bouschet followed up her solid first game with another great performance in game two with two more hits, two runs scored, and two runs driven in. Right-fielder Brittany Schneider added two hits in three at-bats as well.
The Tritons were limited to just one hit that came from third-baseman Emily Weimken.
After the sweep the Sailfish improve to 9-3 to start the season with another big matchup upcoming against another Sunshine State Conference opponent in Nova Southeastern University. That double-header is slated for Wednesday, February 18th with first-pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. at Palm Beach Community College. The Sailfish handed NSU their first loss of the season on February 9th as the two teams battled to a 1-0 extra innings win for the Fish.