PBA Baseball Holds on For Tuesday Night Victory Over Lynn University

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

Jonathan Kies (Pictured) Gave the Sailfish a Strong 6.2 Innings on Tuesday NightJonathan Kies (Pictured) Gave the Sailfish a Strong 6.2 Innings on Tuesday Night

Box Score

LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Freshman left-hander Jonathan Kies gave the Sailfish a strong 6.2 innings performance on Tuesday evening at Dave Manzo Field as the PBA bullpen was able to hold on long enough to earn an 8-7 victory over the defending NCAA Division II National Champions, Lynn University. The Fighting Knights helped the Sailfish cause with six errors as the Sailfish tallied their second straight win.

For the Fish (4-9), this marks the second straight game in which they’ve received a solid start from a freshman hurler out of Highlands Christian with Kies matching former high school teammate Peter Graffeo. Graffeo earned his first collegiate win last week in a dominating eight-inning performance against Nova Southeastern University while Kies improves his collegiate record to 1-0 with the solid showing tonight.

Sophomore right-hander Carlos Hechavarria came on for PBA and tossed two solid innings in relief as he registered his first save.

Palm Beach Atlantic got on the board first with a run in the second inning as senior Keith Clabaugh and sophomore Luis Meija both reached on errors to start the frame with senior Neil Hardon delivering an RBI single to score Clabaugh.

Back came Lynn (8-11-1) however in the top of the third inning as they struck for three runs to take the lead when leadoff man Einar Atencio came through with a two-run single and Chris Chavez added in an RBI groundout.

PBA would tack on single runs again in the third and fourth innings on a Tony Livelsberger sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single from Dion Pouncil in the fourth inning to tie the score at 3-3.

The Sailfish then went up on top for good in the fifth inning as they greeted LU reliever Kip Skibicki with two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth inning to go comfortably in control. Skibicki retired the first two hitters he faced in the fifth inning until Clabaugh added in a single followed by freshman Steven Walker also singling to put two on with two outs.

A failed pickoff of Walker would take place next allowing the young Sailfish infielder to move all the way around to third-base while Clabaugh trotted home for the go-ahead run. Hardon then registered his second RBI single of the night in scoring Walker to go up 5-3.

The Sailfish poured it on in the sixth inning as Scott Urbanek doubled with one out followed by a walk to Vasilios Mila. Senior Sam Testa then drilled a two-run triple followed by an error on a Livelsberger at-bat that saw Testa come in to score.

That would be it on the night for the Sailfish offense as the PBA bullpen faced a tough LU comeback attempt.

With two outs and nobody on in the seventh inning and Kies cruising, LU shortstop Johnny Broderick was hit by a pitch followed by an Atencio single. Both runners would then advance on a wild-pitch, placing them in perfect position to come home on a single up the middle from left-fielder Dane Derstine to cut the lead to 8-5 and close the books on Kies as Graham White would be called in from the bullpen.

In the eighth inning, the Fighting Knights added a run on an RBI groundout from designated-hitter Patrick Roedel off of Hechavarria who entered the game with two on and nobody out.

While LU would close the gap to 8-7 in the ninth inning on an unearned run, Hechavarria would close the door with a strikeout of Richie McVey to end the game and preserve the win.

PBA managed nine hits on the night with Walker and Hardon both collecting two hits apiece with Hardon driving in two runs. Testa continued his good work at the plate as well with a 1-for-3 showing with two runs driven in and two walks.

LU was paced by a 3-for-3 performance with a pair of walks from Atencio, one of the holdovers from last year’s national championship team.

Kies earned the victory with a performance of 6.2 innings pitched, six hits allowed, five runs, four strikeouts, and three walks. Carl Gorman tossed the first four innings for Lynn on the mound with four hits allowed, three runs (two earned), two walks, and one strikeout. Skibicki took the loss with five runs allowed in 1.1 innings of work.

Palm Beach Atlantic continues their busy week on Wednesday as they will play host to St. Thomas University at Dave Manzo Field beginning at 6 p.m. 

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