Sailfish Drop Opener to Barry University in Softball Double-Header Action

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Chris Donovan (Pictured, Right) Awaits a Throw at Third-Base as a Barry University Player Slides In. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Chris Donovan (Pictured, Right) Awaits a Throw at Third-Base as a Barry University Player Slides In. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Expecting a pitchers duel with two of the top hurlers in the NCAA South Region set to oppose one another in Palm Beach Atlantic Universities’ Ashley Jones and Barry Universities’ own Amber Jack, the result turned into a bit of a route as BU pulled away with an 8-0 victory over the Sailfish in game one of the scheduled double-header on Saturday afternoon at Howard Park.

Amber Jack (6-3) did what she does best and that’s keep hitters off balance as Palm Beach Atlantic managed just one hit in the six inning contest which came on a double from freshman Mari Stokes in the fourth inning. Outside of a few other hard hart balls where the Buccaneers defense came shining through, the Sailfish were held for the most part off the bases.

Jack finished with 11 strikeouts as her offense got rolling with a run in the first inning followed by four more in the fourth and three more following in the sixth inning.

A pitcher who has been dominating as of late, Jones did not quite have her best stuff going against the #4- preseason ranked Bucs as she allowed 11 hits and six earned runs while walking two and striking out six.

With the Bucs leading just 1-0, Amada Goelz led off the fourth inning with a lined shot that caught the hand of Jones allowing Goelz to reach easily. Fighting through the pain, Jones would continue in the game but never quite pitch the same as the Bucs pushed across four runs in the inning.

Shyla Rider became the all-time doubles leader in Barry University softball history when she led off the game with a double to left-centerfield. She finished with two hits and three runs scored while second-place hitter Natalie Heeley also produced a two-hit game.

Goelz and catcher Brittany Anderson rounded out the multi-hit performers for BU.

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