Fish Knock Off Saint Leo in Day Three Action of the Eckerd Tournament
February 22, 2009
Written By: PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown
CLEARWATER, Fla.- Continuing their busy weekend of softball action on Sunday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team did what they were unable to do on Friday afternoon which was to defeat #16-ranked Saint Leo University. Awarded a spot in the championship bracket of the Eckerd College Tournament, the Sailfish once again utilized a comeback effort as they took down the Lions by a score of 5-4.
Palm Beach Atlantic (13-6) jumped ahead of the nationally-ranked Lions on Sunday before witnessing a four-run outburst by SLU in the fourth inning to put them back in control. From there the Fish would tack on a run in the fifth and then tie and go ahead of SLU with two runs in the sixth inning.
PBA starter Ashley Jones (9-2) finished off the Lions from there as the Sailfish escaped with the tight 5-4 victory to push their tournament record to 4-1.
Jones was once again dealing from the pitchers circle as she struck out 10 batters in seven strong innings while allowing seven hits and only one earned run and just one walk. The victory pushed Jones tournament record to 4-0.
PBA got things rolling in the third inning when Abbey Shipman drew a free pass after being hit by a pitch and then centerfielder Brittany Schneider reached on a error. After a Mari Stokes sacrifice bunt and a groundout from Becca Bolinger, the Lions elected to pitch to the dangerous Caitlin Bouschet with first-base open and the sophomore sluggler from Palm Beach Central High School ripped a two-run single.
As mentioned the Lions would respond and take a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning with four big runs. Urbanik led things off with a solo homerun followed by a fielding error by the Sailfish that allowed another run to pass.
Now trailing as they have dealt with a number of times throughout the Eckerd College Tournament, the Sailfish would need to respond.
They would do just that in bottom of the fifth as Stokes led off with a solo homerun that cleared the left-field fence. After another scoreless frame from Jones and the Sailfish defense in the top of the sixth inning, PBA would tally two more runs to take a 5-4 lead when the Lions once again provided the Fish with a leadoff base-runner after an error.
Dani Perrotti reached on the error followed by a walk to Candace Horton. Erica Walters followed with a single and then Schneider worked her way on with a beautiful push bunt that scored one run and left the bases loaded. Stokes then delivered the game-winning blow with a sacrifice fly and RBI that sent Horton racing for home.
Jones would finish out the Lions in dominating fashion in the seventh and final inning as the junior right-hander got a flyout followed by two strikeouts that left Saint Leo going down swinging.