Sailfish Make History; Baseball Secures Series Sweep Over Lynn University
March 27, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
BOCA RATON, Fla.- After taking a pitcher’s duel by a score of 4-3 on Friday evening at Dave Manzo Field, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team went south on Saturday afternoon for a pair at McCluster Complex on the campus of Lynn University. In a much cozier field setting than the one the Sailfish are accustomed to, the Fish registered for 24 runs while hitting four homeruns and winning 17-10 and holding on for 7-5 game two win.
Having won ten of their last 11 games as well as a weekend series sweep of the Fighting Knights, the defending NCAA Division II National Champions from a season ago, the Sailfish are beginning to turn some heads as they stand at now 12-10 under first-year head coach Gary Carter.
While it has been mostly a modest offensive output through their first 20 games entering play today, the Fish managed to score early and often en route to their first-ever weekend series sweep over a team from the Sunshine State Conference in baseball.
Justin Sizemore fell a single short of the cycle and drove in a career-high six runs in game one as he backed a solid Buddy Fisher (2-2) outing while Alejandro De Moya (2-0) gave the Fish five innings on the mound in the second game to see the Fish take their first four meetings of the season against LU.
In the opener, PBA jumped out to an 8-0 lead with three runs in the first inning thanks to a Sam Testa three-run homerun and five more in the second frame as Jonny Herrera added a run-scoring double and Vasilios Mila chipped in with an RBI single. Sizemore had the big hit of the inning with a bases-clearing triple that gave PBA the sizable early lead.
Lynn (10-22-1) would chip away at the Sailfish advantage in the third inning when they plated three runs thanks to a walk, a double, and a throwing error that allowed the Knights to cut the lead to 8-3.
PBA added on two runs in the fourth and sixth innings followed by a five spot in the top of the seventh inning as they led 17-4. Sailfish senior catcher Keith Clabaugh homered in the fourth inning while the veteran backstop drove in two more runs in the sixth inning with a two-run single. Testa added in a two-run double in the seventh inning while first-baseman Tony Livelsberger added a run-scoring single. Sizemore capped his big day with a two-run homerun, his second of the season, to right-centerfield for his fifth and sixth RBI’s of the afternoon.
The Knights would score six unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings to inch closer however the deficit would be too great to overcome as PBA held on for the series-clinching win.
Daniel Rouah (0-4) was roughed up in the start for LU on the mound as he was tagged for eight runs (all earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out one in 1.2 innings pitched. Reliever Ted Quinn tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the Knights.
Fisher went six strong innings allowing six hits and four runs although only two were earned. The senior Pompano Beach native walked three and struck out eight batters. Freshman reliever Dave Rowan tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.
Testa finished 2-for-5 with five RBI’s while second-baseman Logan Thomas claimed a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a walk and a run scored.
The second game featured a much more balanced contest as the Sailfish needed a middle innings comeback to tally the victory.
After posting two runs in the first inning on a RBI double from Testa and a run-scoring single from Livelsberger, the PBA offense would be held off the scoreboard over the next four innings.
During that span, LU would take a brief 3-2 lead when they scored three runs in the fourth inning off PBA’s starting pitcher De Moya. Catcher Kyle Holloway contributed a two-run double while coming home later in the inning on a De Moya balk.
The Fish recaptured the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning as they scored five times to push ahead 7-3. LU opted to go with reliever Eric Pfefer for starter Tommy Kahnle in the fifth and he lasted just one out while allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits while walking another batter.
The rally began with a Herrera single followed by a two-run homer from Dion Pouncil deep over the right-centerfield fence. A failed pickoff attempt allowed two more runs to score while a grounder off the bat of Clabaugh was mishandled for an error and another run coming in.
Lynn posted a run each in the fifth and sixth innings off the PBA bullpen and put runners on second and third with nobody out in the seventh inning however a move by Carter to go to Logan Thomas out of the bullpen proved to close the door. The Knights would attempt to score on a wild pitch only to see Clabaugh feed Thomas on the relay for a tag out at home followed by a strikeout and pop out to end the game as Thomas collected his first save.
Vasilios Mila and Pouncil both registered multi-hit games for PBA in the second game with Pouncil driving in a pair. Holloway finished 3-for-4 for LU in the second game.
Palm Beach Atlantic will now prepare for a road game on Tuesday, March 30th as they will take on Barry University in Miami Shores beginning with a first pitch at 6 p.m.