Sailfish Sunk by Late Barry Homerun as Bucs Win Slugfest
March 30, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- For the second time this season the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team has left Feinbloom Field on the campus of Barry University a bit disappointed as they have tallied a pair or one run losses to the Buccaneers. On Tuesday evening the Fish would be dealt a big blow in the bottom of the eighth inning as BU senior right-fielder Yas Gutierrez connected for an opposite-field, two-out three-run homerun to give the Red and Black a 10-9 victory.
A game that combined for 31 hits and 19 runs between the two clubs, the Bucs simply landed the final punch in what was a back-and-forth contest the majority of the evening. Now 22-8 after a rough start to the 2010 campaign, the Buccaneers are now 2-0 against the Fish after beating PBA 8-7 back on February 23rd. The two squads will get together for a pair of meetings at Dave Manzo Field later this season.
Neither team’s pitching staff could harness the oppositions offense as there were only five frames where a run wasn’t scored by either team including only one through the first five and a half innings.
That lone scoreless frame came in the top of the first inning for PBA as they were held hitless by BU starter Scott Sexton however that would be a rarity on the night. The Bucs on the other hand jumped out of the gate for a run in the first inning on a RBI single from Gutierrez that plated Chris Dwelly who had doubled earlier in the inning. Dwelly finished the night 5-for-5 as he scored twice and drove in three while finishing a homerun shy of the cyle.
The Sailfish (12-11) would answer in the top of the second inning when freshman Peter Graffeo delivered an RBI single that plated Keith Clabaugh who began the inning with a walk.
After the Bucs posted two more runs in the bottom of the second inning on RBI hits from Luis Ramos and Dwelly, the Fish took their first lead with a four spot in the top of the third inning. PBA forged ahead 4-3 thanks to an RBI single from Neil Hardon, an RBI double by Clabaugh, and a two-run single from Jonny Herrera.
Once again not relenting, the Bucs offense came back for a pair in the bottom of the inning to take back the lead as former Sailfish player Joaquin Valdes launched his eighth homer of the spring over the left-field fence for a two-run homer and a 5-4 Barry lead.
Both teams would tally a single run in the fourth inning as Hardon delivered a sacrifice fly while Dwelly added in another run-scoring double in the Bucs half of the inning.
PBA forged ahead with a run in the top of the fifth on a Herrera run-scoring single then finally held the Bucs off the scoreboard in the bottom half for the first time on the evening.
Hanging on to a 7-6 lead, PBA starter Logan Thomas would hand the ball over to the bullpen as freshman left-hander Jonathan Kies (1-1) entered for the top of the sixth inning. Thomas finished his night by allowing 10 hits and six runs in five innings while striking out five batters and walking one.
A two-out triple by Dwelly would eliminate Thomas from going for the win in the bottom of the sixth inning as his triple down the right-field line scored shortstop Nick Shaw from first-base to knot the score at 7-7.
After a scoreless seventh inning for both teams, the Fish would go back to work in the top of the eighth inning as they registered a pair of runs thanks to an RBI double from Tony Livelsberger and a run-scoring single from Justin Sizemore as PBA entered the final two frames clinging to a 9-7 lead.
Ramos would collect a one-out single for BU to begin their rally in the eighth inning followed by Dwelly registering his fifth hit of the night, a sharp single to center-field to put two runners on for Gutierrez. Working the count in his favor, the left-handed swinging outfielder smacked a fastball from Kies deep to left-field and over the fence for the go-ahead three-run homer and a 10-9 Barry advantage.
That is where things would remain as Tyler King (4-0) would hold on to the lead and work a scoreless top of the ninth to preserve the win. King went the final 1.2 innings as he allowed only one hit and no runs in earning the victory.
Kies tallies his first collegiate loss as he relieved Thomas with 2.2 innings of work out of the pen, allowing six hits and four runs while walking two.
Urbanek finished 3-for-5 in the loss with a career-high four stolen bases while scoring two runs. Clabaugh registered three hits and improved his season average to .329 while scoring three times. Herrera and Graffeo represented the bottom of the lineup quite well with both going 2-for-5 with Herrera driving in three runs.
The Sailfish will have the next few days off before turning their focus to Florida Tech, their opponent for this weekend. The Fish will battle the Panthers on Friday, beginning at 3 p.m. then battle again on Saturday, April 3rd for a double-header. All three games will be played in Melbourne and broadcasted live via the Sailfish Sports Network.