Sailfish Bats Quieted Early in First Game Loss to Florida Southern
March 25, 2009
Written by Lindsay Oren, PBA Sports Information Assistant
LAKELAND, Fla.- Beginning nearly a month-long streak of games on the road, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team traveled upstate to take on a Sunshine State Conference foe in Florida Southern College. Although it appeared from the first pitch that the Lady Sailfish would put on a strong offensive showing, the Moccasins had plans of their own as they took a game one victory over the Blue and White by a score of 4-1.
Leading off for the Fish, second baseman Mari Stokes got on early after her hard infield grounder bounced down the right field line. Candace Horton's sacrifice bunt placed Stokes in scoring position for PBA's offensive leader, Caitlin Bouschet.
Batting at .333 coming into the game, Bouschet came through once again with a hard line-drive single up the middle that drove in Stokes and gave the Fish an early 1-0 lead over FSC.
The Moccasins would be quick to answer in the bottom of the first inning, however, as shortstop Sara Lovestrand led off with a single to right center and later scored off of a fielding error by Stokes on a Lindsey Powell's grounder.
The Sailfish had opportunities to score throughout the game, but only three additional singles by Horton, Chris Donovan, and Chelsea Gravini were not enough to get runners across the plate.
Florida Southern scored three additional runs in the third, fifth, and sixth innings to seal a victory over the Fish, their third in three games against PBA this season.
Although Palm Beach Atlantic junior pitcher Ashley Jones put forth another solid performance, the Florida Southern bats were too hot when it counted. Jones put away three Moccassin batters while only walking one and giving up only two of the four runs off of six Florida Southern hits.
Jones moves to 16-5 on the season as the Fish move to a record of 23-12.