Sailfish Baseball Continues to Play Solid Ball; Thomas Goes the Distance on Saturday Night
March 13, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
LANTANA, Fla.- With an opening in their schedule, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team took on Caldwell College (N.J.) on Saturday evening at the Santaluces Baseball Complex as a late add-in to the Palm Beach Challenge, a yearly tournament that welcomes in top NCAA Division II teams from across the nation. Taking advantage of some Caldwell defensive errors, as well as utilizing a complete-game effort from sophomore Logan Thomas, the Fish came out on top 7-1.
Logging his first career nine-inning complete game of his two-season career in a PBA uniform, Thomas utilized a strong fastball as he tallied a career-high 12 strikeouts in earning his second win of the season.
Palm Beach Atlantic (6-9) has now won four in a row as they enter a busy beginning of next week that sees the Sailfish suit up three straight days beginning on Monday with another late addition to the schedule in Lincoln Memorial University. PBA also takes on Florida Memorial University on Tuesday and St. Thomas University on Wednesday, both on the road.
The Fish opened up the bottom of the first inning with a pair of runs on Saturday night, taking advantage of three Caldwell miscues in the first inning.
PBA added in two more runs in the second inning when first-baseman Tony Livelsberger smashed an RBI single through the left-side of the infield that plated both Dion Pouncil and Jonny Herrera to go up 4-0.
That would be all that Thomas would need on the night as he allowed only one run on five hits, walking two and striking out 12 batters. Caldwell would score their lone run in the top of the fourth inning as Doug Hilgenberg delivered an RBI single that scored Andrew Robertson however the following runner Jorge Ynoa was gunned down at the plate on a strong throw from left-fielder Ismael Cotto to end the threat.
PBA got that run back in the top of the seventh inning when Keith Clabaugh added in a sacrifice fly that scored Livelsberger while the Fish added another run in the eighth inning when Sam Testa chipped in with an RBI single that sent Vasilios Mila home to score.
Robert Casal went the first 6.2 innings for Caldwell and picked up the loss as he allowed six runs (four earned) while walking one and striking seven. He gave up 11 hits. Steve Efkarpidis pitched the final 1.1 innings and gave up one run, one hit, and one walk.
Thomas escaped a final jam in the top of the ninth inning as Caldwell loaded the bases with one out only to see the sophomore Melbourne product strike out the final two batters to preserve the win.
Livelsberger continued to swing a hot bat with a three-hit performance in five at-bats as he drove in two runs and scored two. Testa and Clabaugh both registered multi-hit games with Testa stealing three bases.
PBA will take on Lincoln Memorial University at Dave Manzo Field on Monday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m.