Saint's Bats Come Marching In, Take Game One in Blowout Fashion
February 19, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Utilzing a consistent approach at the plate from the opening pitch, the Flagler College Saints pounded the baseball on Friday night in the first of three games to be played this weekend at Dave Manzo Field. The Saints collected 19 hits while riding an efficient starting pitching performance from right-hander Jonathan Arnold as Flagler won running away by a score of 13-0.
Backed by a nice size crowd, the Sailfish (0-6) struggled defensively in the first five innings as the Saints (4-4) took advantage with an early lead.
Cale Owen started what would be an outstanding day for the young shortstop in the first inning when he led off with a single and eventually came in to score on a RBI single from first-baseman Zach Bove. Owen would reach base all six times he came to the plate on Friday night as he managed five hits, all singles, while also getting on base after being hit with a pitch as well.
Wasting little time after a one run first, FC plated three more runs in the second inning as Payne Maddox began the inning being hit by a pitch followed by Travis Coverston reaching on a Sailfish error. Tyler Vanover then stepped in and delivered a two-run single that brought home both runners. Another run would come in to score later in the inning on another Sailfish error in the infield putting the early FC lead at 4-0.
While the Fish were able to put runners on against FC starter Arnold, they would be unable to bring them in with a clutch two-out hit that was needed.
After another run in the fourth inning put things at 5-0 in favor of the Saints, the new members of the Peach Belt Conference saw seven more runs come home in the fifth inning to effectively put the game out of reach.
The big blow came when left-fielder Jose Rohena blasted a grand-slam down the left-field line that effectively ended the night for PBA starter Buddy Fisher.
Armed with some tough hops and the previously mentioned defensive mishaps, Fisher’s final line was 11 hits allowed and 10 runs (8 earned) while striking out five in 4.1 innings of the work. The senior Pompano Beach native did not walk a batter.
After Alejandro De Moya relieved Fisher in the fifth, the Sailfish bullpen would go to work and come away with some solid showings each frame. Freshman Dave Rowan made his debut and tossed two effective innings with a pair of strikeouts and one run allowed. Lefty Graham White and right-hander Aaron Rodewald each followed with a scoreless inning each.
Flagler managed 19 hits in the contest with 16 of them being singles. Behind Owen’s 5-for-5 with three runs scored and Rohena’s 3-for-5 performance with five RBI’s, the Saints had a few others that put together solid games overall as well.
Ollie Bertrand registered three hits, a run scored, and one driven in, while Coverstone added in a 2-for-4 showing as did Bove.
On the Sailfish side, senior leadoff hitter and center-fielder Scott Urbanek finished 2-for-5 in the game while Ismael Cotto added in a single, walk, and stolen base. Jonny Herrera pinch-hit in the ballgame and produced a hit and walk in two plate appearances.
PBA and Flagler will return to the diamond on Saturday where they will open up a double-header at 1 p.m. Both games of the double-header can be heard live via the Sailfish Sports Network.