Eckerd's Third Inning Bats Give Them Game One Victory Over Fish

Written by Lindsay Oren, PBA Sports Information Assistant

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- A low scoring game of softball between Palm Beach Atlantic University and Eckerd College went the Tritons way as they took game one of today's doubleheader match-up. Although the Sailfish drew first blood early when Abbey Shipman scored on a Candace Horton double to centerfield, Eckerd College answered right back with a couple runs of their own and went on to a 2-1 victory.

Shipman reached in the top of the third with a lead-off single to right center, to be quickly moved over on a sacrifice bunt from Brittany Schneider. After a hard line-out from second baseman Mari Stokes, Horton brought her around to give the Fish an early 1-0 lead.

But an interesting third inning for the Tritons gave them a lead that the Sailfish could not overcome. It all started when a rare throwing error by Sailfish shortstop Caitlin Bouschet put Eckerd's lead-off batter, Janielle Sedoris, on first with no outs. A quick pop up to Horton gave the Fish some breathing room. But, unfortunately for the Blue and White, a hard hit grounder by Alex Sasso headed right at the glove of Stokes found Sedoris' heel instead, ruling her out on a runner's interference and granting Sasso with an infield single.

What should have been the second out of the inning instead turned Sasso into a crucial baserunner that was batted in off of Eckerd pitcher Mackenzie Dawson's double to right centerfield.

After Eckerd took an early 2-1 lead in the third, the Sailfish bats continued to find contact, but no open field unfortunately. A lead off double by Bouschet in the top of the fourth inning seemed promising for Palm Beach Atlantic, but no Fish batters were able to capitalize on the opportunity to bring her around.

Aside from the two runs off of three hits by the Tritons in the third inning, Heather Laird gave a solid performance in the circle for the Fish, striking out eight, walking only two batters, and giving up two runs off of 6 hits. A tough loss for the sophomore pitcher, Laird drops to 5-7 on the season.

The Fish were lead offensively by junior Candace Horton who went 2-3 with two doubles, followed by the solid batting of sophomore Caitlin Bouschet who also went 2-3 with a single and a double. An error-less performance by the Eckerd College defense gave the Tritons a much deserved win, however.

Although the hits were not falling for the Fish tonight, zero strikeouts in game one show improvement and continued patience at the plate.

The Sailfish drop to 23-14 on the season with one more opportunity for a victory on their two-day trip upstate.

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