Buccaneers Bite Sailfish With Extra Inning Homerun in Game One

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- Battling once again with two of the toughest pitchers not only in the NCAA South Region but all of NCAA Division II, Palm Beach Atlantic University junior right-hander Ashley Jones and Barry University senior left-hander Amber Jack once engaged in another epic battle in game one of Tuesday’s double-header between the two schools. This time it would go the way of the Bucs as they won 4-2 in eight innings on a walk-off two-run homerun from Jessica Tabor.

Jones and Jack each pitched well in the double-header opener as they battled each other for the third time this season. Entering play on Tuesday both pitchers had won one contest each. Jack and the Bucs came out on top this time around as the senior left-hander went all eight innings to improve her record to 16-7 while Jones drops to 18-7. Jack had six strikeouts while Jones managed six punch outs as well.

After neither team could push a run across in the first two innings it would the Bucs who would strike first as they managed a third inning run as Grace Collins scored on a single to right-field from Ashley Likens that bounced in and out of the glove of PBA’s Chelsea Gravini.

PBA fought back to tie the score in the top of the sixth inning when shortstop Caitlin Bouschet took advantage of a Jack wild-pitch as she slid in safely to knot the score at 1-1.

Likens then stepped in for BU the next half inning and opened up with a leadoff double. The BU second-baseman came in to score later in the inning on a RBI single from Tabor.

Needing a run to stay alive in the game, the Sailfish got just that in the top of the seventh inning as Brittany Schneider was hit by a pitch and then came home to score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly to center-field by Gravini.

Opting to using international tie-breaking rules the Sailfish were unable to score in their half of the eighth inning. Moving to the bottom of the inning, Amanda Heeley sacrificed the runner at second to third-base which set the stage for Tabor who lofted a long fly ball just over the top of the left-field fence giving the Bucs the win and a walk-off homerun for Tabor.

The Fish ended the game with six hits although no PBA player had more than one base-hit. Likens finished 3-for-4 for Barry as did Tabor who came through with three RBI’s.

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