Jones Sets New Strikeout Mark with Close Victory in Game One Over SNHU
March 21, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- As dominating as Palm Beach Atlantic University junior right-hander Ashley Jones was on Saturday afternoon as she tallied a career-high 16 strikeouts, it would take a late rally by her teammates on offense for the Sailfish ace escape with a 2-1 victory over Southern New Hampshire University on a gloomy day at PBCC.
With the game tied at one run apiece in the bottom of the seventh inning, junior Dani Perrotti delivered a two-out double and then came in to score the game-winning run on a sharp RBI single from senior Becca Bolinger that earned the Fish yet another late-inning exciting victory.
Jones earned her sixteenth victory of the season on Saturday while mowing down the Penmen hitters with a new PBA strikeout record of 16 punch outs. Having already held the previous record of 15 strikeouts (done twice last season), Jones recorded the first nine outs of the ballgame via strikeout.
As dominating of an effort as Jones was throwing, the Sailfish offense struggled to figure out SNHU freshman right-hander Amanda Barton as she kept the Fish off balance to the tune of allowing no runs through the first five innings.
SNHU broke up Jones’ perfect game attempt when first-baseman Ashley Berstein put a solid swing on a Jones offering and lofted it over the left-field fence for a long solo homer in the top of the fifth inning.
Needing to regroup or perhaps drop the opener to SNHU, the Fish would tie the score in the bottom of the sixth inning. Freshman Chris Donovan got things going with a leadoff single followed by a nice sacrifice bunt from Brittany Schneider that turned into a bunt single as Schneider’s push bunt attempt got past the SNHU fielder.
Mar Stokes would be the third straight freshman to bat and she executed a perfect sacrifice bunt that moved both Donovan and Schneider up a base and into scoring position. Erica Walters would follow as she lifted a fly ball into deep enough centerfield to score a sliding Donovan.
After another scoreless inning by Jones in the seventh, which included a pair of fine defensive plays by PBA shortstop Caitlin Bouschet, the Fish would go back to work against Barton.
Perrotti answered the call with a long two-out double and came home to score the game-winner on Bolinger’s line-drive up the middle.
Jones finished by allowing just the one hit while walking two and striking out 16 batters. Barton (0-2) was the tough-luck loser as she allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out eight batters in 6.2 innings.