Sailfish and Saints Split Saturday Double-Header on the Diamond
February 20, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- After struggling with their pitching and defense on Friday night to the tune of a 13-0 defeat at the hands of the Flagler College baseball team, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish came out with a much better performance on Saturday and nearly swept the Saints. PBA rode a solid seven inning outing from sophomore Logan Thomas to a 4-1 win in game one followed by a 6-3 loss in game two on a controversial three-run homer from Zach Bove to go ahead in the final inning.
Sophomore right-hander Logan Thomas (1-3) gave the Fish exactly what they needed in game one as the Melbourne High School product tossed seven strong innings coming away with four strikeouts and only one walk while allowing six hits and the one earned run.
Freshman Peter Graffeo continued to establish himself as a solid righty out of the bullpen with two scoreless innings in earning his first collegiate save. Graffeo allowed only one hit and a walk to earn the big win.
The offense came early for the Fish in game one with a run in the first on a RBI single from Tony Livelsberger that score Ismael Cotto to go up 1-0. Palm Beach Atlantic (1-7) would add two more in the second-inning on a one-out single from Tommy Crews that scored Neil Hardon and Jesse Gibbs who led off the frame with singles.
The 3-0 PBA lead would hold until the top of the fifth when Flagler third-baseman Travis Coverston lifted a long fly ball over the left-field fence for a solo homerun that cut the lead to 3-1.
That would be all the scoring the Saints would be able to muster with Graffeo shutting the door in the final two innings while PBA added an insurance run on RBI groundout from senior Tony Livelsberger in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Senior Scott Urbanek led the Sailfish nine hit attack with a pair of hits while continuing to play outstanding defense in center-field.
Livelsberger finished with a pair of RBI’s while Cotto scored two runs as well.
In the second-game, PBA head coach Gary Carter turned to freshman left-hander Jonathan Kies for his first collegiate start and despite some wildness that resulted in six walks, Kies allowed only three hits in four innings while striking out four batters.
FC got on the board in the top of the third inning as Kies walked Bove with the bases-loaded to put the Saints on top 1-0. Kies escaped further damage by retiring Dagmar Pena on a flyout to end the inning.
Palm Beach Atlantic would score all three of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning highlighted by a two-run double from sophomore Justin Sizemore that scored Luis Mejia and Livelsberger. Pinch-hitter Sam Testa delivered a single as well in the inning that scored Sizemore to go up 3-1.
Back came Flagler in the top of the fifth inning when Will Percy led off the inning with a single and came around to score on a bizarre triple from the bat of Jose Rohena that was lost off the bat from Sailfish left-fielder Dion Pouncil. PBA reliever Chad Volbert would enter the ballgame and retire Bove on a flyout however the ball was hit far enough in left-field to allow for a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 3-3.
After Volbert shut down the order in the sixth as did Flagler starter Johnny Gaines in his half of the inning, the two teams would enter the seventh and final inning remained tied at 3-3.
A leadoff walk to Cale Owen began the frame for FC in the seventh which was followed up by a sacrifice bunt from Percy to move Owen into scoring position. After a walk to Rohena put runners at first and second with one out, Bov stepped in and smashed a pitch deep down the left-field line for a three-run, go-ahead homerun that was met by controversy as a Sailfish argument believed the ball had been foul.
Tyler McKendree came on in the bottom half of the inning for FC as he retired the Fish in order to get the save and preserve the victory for Gaines. Gaines finished with six strong innings of work, allowing four hits, three runs (two earned), two walks, and nine strikeouts as he improved to 1-2 on the season.
Palm Beach Atlantic begins another busy week next week as they will travel to Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida for a single game on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6 p.m. The game will carried live on the Sailfish Sports Network with pregame coverage beginning at 5:45 p.m.