Defensive Miscues Sink Sailfish in Season Opening Contest Versus Southeastern
February 6, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director
LAKELAND, Fla.- After being rained out in what was supposed to be their season opener on Tuesday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team hit the road on Saturday afternoon for two games against Southeastern University (Fla.). After a scoreless first inning, the Fire went on to take advantage of eight PBA errors in their first game opener as they came out on top 7-3 on a blustery and chilly day in Lakeland.
Sophomore Logan Thomas drew the start for Palm Beach Atlantic in the opener which was also the first game coached by new PBA head skipper and MLB Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter. Thomas struck out two in the first inning as he retired the Fire in order however quickly ran into trouble in the second frame, giving up three hits while three Fish errors helped aide the cause and quickly put the Fire on top 3-0.
After SU tacked on an additional run in the fourth inning, Thomas’ day was complete with a final line of four innings pitched, six hits allowed, four runs (three earned), a walk, and three strikeouts.
Thomas gave way to newcomer Peter Graffeo who completed the next 3 2/3 innings while allowing a single run in the fifth and sixth innings respectively while tossing a scoreless seventh frame. Senior Martin Suarez relieved Graffeo in the eighth inning and walked one and struck out one.
The Fish cut into the Fire lead in the sixth inning when they scored three times as Luis Meija drew a bases-loaded walk, Tommy Crews connected for a run-scoring single, and Vasilios Mila also drew a bases-loaded walk for an RBI.
Branden Patterson went 5 1/3 innings on the hill for Southeastern and tallied the season-opening win as he allowed two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two. Four SU relievers combined on the victory.
The Sailfish (0-1) registered seven hits in the loss with senior Scott Urbanek and Crews each tallying two hits apiece.