Columbus State Comes Out on Top in Pitcher's Duel in Softball Action

Written By: PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown

Ashley Jones (Pictured) Took a No-Hitter Into the Seventh Inning But Was Unable to Topple the Columbus State University Cougars on Friday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Ashley Jones (Pictured) Took a No-Hitter Into the Seventh Inning But Was Unable to Topple the Columbus State University Cougars on Friday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla.- With the offenses held in check on both sides, the Palm Beach Atlantic University and Columbus State University softball teams engaged in an old-fashion pitcher’s duel on Friday afternoon in game one of their neutral site double-header. CSU managed just two hits, both in the seventh inning off PBA starter Ashley Jones to push across the game-winning run in a 1-0 neutral site victory for CSU.

Playing on the campus of Flagler College as a part of a weekend series between the three schools, Palm Beach Atlantic and Columbus State were scheduled to play a double-header on Friday while PBA takes on Flagler College on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Ashley Jones (17-6) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as she limited the Cougars to only one base runner through the first six innings on a walk.

Leading off the seventh inning, leadoff hitter April Jowers connected for a bunt single followed by a sacrafice bunt from Amanda Wheeless to move Jowers into scoring position. Christie Thompson then proceeded with a sharp single to left-field while Jowers was held up at third-base. Jowers came in to score the game’s only run on the next play as Brittany Leverett successfully executed a squeeze bunt to give the Cougars the lead.

Unfortunately for PBA, the late inning magic they’ve shown throughout much of the season would not show itself on this day as CSU hurler Kristie Bullard pitched a scoreless seventh frame to earn the shutout. Bullard (12-11) allowed only three hits on the day while striking out five batters and walking one.

Jones allowed only the one run on two hits while striking out three batters on the day.

Dani Perrotti registered two of the team’s three hits as she had two singles in three at-bats. There were no extra-base hits by either team.

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