Sailfish Drop Opener to Nova Southeastern in Wednesday Double-Header Action

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Becca Bolinger (Pictured) Connected for Two Hits in Three At-Bats in Game One Against Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday Evening. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Becca Bolinger (Pictured) Connected for Two Hits in Three At-Bats in Game One Against Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday Evening. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- In true Palm Beach Atlantic University-Nova Southeastern University softball fashion, it would take extra innings to decide the outcome in game one of a double-header on Wednesday evening at John W. Anderson Field. The Sharks prevailed this time however as a two-run double by Dana Bergner in eighth inning lifted NSU to a 3-1 victory over the Sailfish.

Ashley Jones (5-2) and Dani Caron (4-1) battled each other pitch-for-pitch in the early going as both right-handers relied heavily on their defense in backing them up on nearly every play.

Both teams were held scoreless until the sixth inning when NSU struck first as third-baseman Noemi Luciani came through with a leadoff single and eventually came around to score on a RBI groundout from Jessica Hernandez.

With Caron keeping the Sailfish bats off balance, it would take a late rally from PBA for the game to continue. That would happen in the seventh inning as Chelsea Gravini ripped a first-pitch single and moved up to second-base on a sacrifice bunt by Abbey Shipman. Up next stepped Candace Horton who drilled an opposite field double that soared over the outstretched arms of NSU right-fielder Jessica Hernandez. Gravini came around to score the game-tying run.

In the top-half of the eighth inning the first two NSU hitters would be retired by Lauren Lopez came through with a two-out single. After Hernandez earned an infield single, Bergner stepped up and smacked a line drive just beyond Gravini’s glove in centerfield to bring home the go-ahead runs.

The Fish would be retired one-two-three in the bottom half of the inning to finish off the game 3-1 in favor of the Sharks.

Senior Becca Bolinger led the Sailfish six-hit attack with a pair of singles while Horton also earned a pair of hits including the big double and RBI.

Caron earned the victory with eight strong innings allowing only the one earned run, walking none, and striking out three batters. Jones also tallied three strikeouts while allowing nine hits and all three runs were earned.

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