Lady Fish Earn Comeback Victory Over Flagler College
February 21, 2009
Written By: PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown
CLEARWATER, Fla.- After a rough first inning that witnessed the Flagler College softball team plate four runs, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish settled down and fought back for a 5-4 victory in their first game of day two of the Eckerd College Tournament in Clearwater, Florida.
Freshman Chris Donovan earned the start for the Sailfish (11-6) and despite her best effort was tagged for the four runs in the first inning before giving way to junior Ashley Jones in relief. Jones logged the final six innings on her way to her seventh victory of the season.
Jones finished the ballgame having allowed just two hits while striking out nine Flagler College batters.
On offense, the Sailfish would have to dig deep to come back from the early 4-0 deficit. Things got rolling for PBA in the bottom of the fourth inning as Chelsea Gravini led off with a walk followed by a bunt single from sophomore shortstop Caitlin Bouschet. After another bunt from Dani Perrotti moved the two runners each up a base, Candace Horton stepped in and delivered a big double into right-center to plate both Gravini and Bouschet.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Sailfish tacked on the three more runs they needed in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Bouschet and Perrotti began the inning with walks while Horton once again stepped in and delivered another big double that scored Bouschet to get the Fish within one run at 4-3. Next stepped in Abbey Shipman who followed with an RBI single that tied the game as Perrotti trotted home.
After a Flagler College pitching change reinserted the Saints starting pitcher, the Sailfish knew they would need one more victory to earn the victory. After a strikeout moved the inning total to two outs, Erica Walters stepped in and connected for a pinch-hit single that gave the Sailfish the go-ahead run.
A foul out and two strikeouts is all the Saints could muster in their half of the seventh inning and the Fish escaped with the 5-4 win.
PBA managed just six hits as did the Saints with Horton coming through with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate including the two doubles and three RBI’s.