Northwood Baseball Stays Perfect in Rout of Sailfish at Roger Dean Complex
February 5, 2008
JUPITER, Fla.- Despite putting up nine runs on Tuesday evening, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team once again came away disappointed as they fell to West Palm Beach rival Northwood University by a final score 18-9 while playing the nine inning affair at the Roger Dean Complex in Jupiter.
Earning his first start of the season, PBA pitcher Buddy Fisher (Pompano Beach, Fla.) was not kindly greeted by the Seahawks (8-0) as he allowed six runs in three innings of work before being relieved by the Sailfish bullpen. Taxed with a heavily workload so far this season due to the starting pitching’s ineffectiveness, five Sailfish arms closed out the contest with each facing their fair share of problems from the potent hitting attack of the Seahawks.
After the Seahawks opened up a 2-0 lead after the first inning, it appeared as if PBA would be able to push ahead of their city rivals when they pushed across three runs of their own in their half of second inning, taking a brief 3-2 lead.
Northwood would fight back however and reclaim the scoring advantage with a four-run third inning while tacking on two more insurance runs in the fourth inning. The Seahawks would put the game out of reach in the seventh inning by collecting a seven run inning, ruling out nearly all chances for a PBA comeback.
Senior Mariano Jimenez (Bradenton, Fla.) reached base four times for PBA while junior Joaquin Valdes (Miami, Fla.) drove in four runs to help pace the Sailfish attack. Leadoff man and centerfielder Scott Urbanek (Weston, Fla.) continued his solid start to the season with two hits and two RBI’s in four plate appearances while effectively setting the table for Jimenez and Valdes.
Freshman outfielder Jesse Gibbs (Port Republic, Md.) added in three hits in five official at-bats in the game as well while adding in a pair of runs scored.
Now 1-4 to start the season, PBA will look to right the ship when they travel to Tampa, Florida over the weekend for a three-game series with the two-time defending NCAA Division II National Champions, the University of Tampa. Set for a nine inning game on Friday (7 pm) followed up by a double-header of action on Saturday (1 pm), the Sailfish will look to duplicate last years feat of defeating the Spartans on their home field.