Sailfish Baseball Earns Third Straight Win with Victory Over St. Thomas
March 10, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Now winners of three straight and two in as many days, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team improved to 5-9 on the season on Wednesday evening with a 6-2 win over St. Thomas University at Dave Manzo Field. Senior Buddy Fisher went seven strong innings on the mound and got the win while Tony Livelsberger drove in three runs.
The Sailfish started their recent win streak last Friday with a 9-1 road victory over Nova Southeastern and have now returned home to down Lynn University and St. Thomas on consecutive nights.
Fisher scattered nine hits over his seven frames while allowing only two runs (one earned), walking only one, and striking out four batters. Junior Chad Volbert tossed two scoreless innings in relief to preserve the win and tallied a strikeout.
St. Thomas (9-13) got on the board in the first-inning on a solo homerun from Victor Madrazo but would not score again until an unearned run came around to score in the sixth inning.
Palm Beach Atlantic matched STU’s opening inning run with one of their own as Sam Testa delivered a two-out hustle double followed by a stolen base and then a RBI single from Livelsberger.
The Fish went on top for good the following inning as two more runs came in to score. Senior Keith Clabaugh led off the inning with a single then Ismael Cotto came through with a bunt base-hit to put two on with nobody out. After a Neil Hardon infield single loaded the bases and a forceout on a fielder’s choice left the bases full with one out, leadoff man Scott Urbanek registered an RBI single that scored both Cotto and Hardon when the throw back to the infield got away for an error.
PBA posted two more runs in the fifth inning when Testa came through with an RBI single and Livelsberger posted an RBI groundout.
The Fish registered 11 hits as a team with Hardon leading the squad with a 3-for-4 night including two singles and a double. Testa finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Jonny Herrera added in a hit and a run scored to aid the Sailfish cause.
STU utilized four pitchers on the night with starter Dane Stone suffering the loss after allowing six hits and three runs (one earned) in four innings of work.
Palm Beach Atlantic will have Thursday off from game action but come right back with two games over the weekend as they will play nationally-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Friday evening at 7:30 while welcoming in Caldwell College on Saturday afternoon for a 2:30 matchup. Both games will be played at the Santaluces Baseball Complex and be broadcasted live on the Sailfish Sports Network.