Sailfish Back On Track As They Split Softball Doubleheader With Eckerd

Written by Lindsay Oren, PBA Sports Information Assistant

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team bounced right back with a sound victory over the Eckerd College Tritons, splitting today's doubleheader by taking game two 7-3. A win that was never really in question, the Sailfish squad showed depth of character and determination as they turned things completely around in game two both offensively and defensively.

It all started in the top of the first inning as lead-off batter Mari Stokes hit a hard single up the middle. Quickly moved over by a routine sacrifice bunt by designated player, Candace Horton, Stokes was easily in scoring position. Right fielder Chelsea Gravini moved her over with a single to right field, and sophomore shortstop Caitlin Bouschet earned a 2-RBI double after crushing a shot to right center, giving the Sailfish an early 2-0 lead. Four additional singles by Chris Donovan, Dani Perrotti, Erica Walters, and Abbey Shipman scored three additional runs and forced Eckerd head coach Josh Beauregard to pull his starting hurler, Christina Hughes.

Kristen Torres came in to somehow stop the early bleeding, but not before Mari Stokes drove in Walters and Shipman on a double to right centerfield. The Sailfish bats were too strong from the start as they totaled seven earned runs off of eight hits in the first inning. This deficit proved to be far too great for the Tritons to overcome.

Eckerd had a solid offensive inning of their own in the bottom of the second when junior pitcher Ashley Jones walked Triton batters Aleena Oimoen and Julia Kraus. Triton pitcher, Torres, added a left field double that scored Kraus, and centerfielder Emma Docking drove in two additional runs on her triple down the left field line. After two innings of play, Sailfish led Eckerd 7-3, a score that would remain unchanged throughout the rest of the game.

The Sailfish would pepper three more singles in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, but nothing substantial enough to put any more runners across the plate. Stokes led the Fish offensively, going 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, and 2 RBI's. Freshman catcher Erica Walters (2-4) added two singles of her own, batting in one as well.

In her typical form tonight, Ashley Jones pitched yet another outstanding performance, retiring 13 batters, walking only two, and giving up three runs off of five hits. Aside from Eckerd's threat in the second inning, Jones quickly stifled the Triton offense. Another solid victory for the right-handed pitcher, she moves to 17-5 on the season.

Sailfish Head Coach Kimmy Bloemers was quite pleased with her squad's perfomance in game two of tonight's doubleheader.

"I am very proud of the way the girls picked themselves up in the second game. They came out firing from the start and showed a lot of class and determination by turning things around," adds Bloemers.

The Sailfish move to a season record of 24-14 as they head back home to take on another Sunshine State Conference opponent Lynn University early next week. Those games will be played on Tuesday in nearby Boca Raton with the first pitch to be thrown out at approximately 2 pm.

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