Sailfish Baseball Roughed Up at FIT

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

Keith Clabaugh (Pictured) was the Only Sailfish Player to Record an Extra-Base Hit on Friday Afrternoon at Florida Tech with a Double. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Keith Clabaugh (Pictured) was the Only Sailfish Player to Record an Extra-Base Hit on Friday Afrternoon at Florida Tech with a Double. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

MELBOURNE, Fla.- Friday afternoon’s weekend series opener at Florida Tech didn’t turn out the way the Palm Beach Atlantic University squad had hoped as they opened up play with a matinee at Seminick-Hall Field on a sunshine-filled afternoon at the ballpark. Freshman right-hander Peter Graffeo fell victim to the hot-hitting attack of the Panthers as they cruised to a 9-0 win over the Sailfish.

Having dominated his last few outings including wins over Lynn University and Nova Southeastern, Graffeo didn’t pitch terribly however the young right-hander simply did not have his best stuff as he was tagged for nine hits and eight runs (six earned runs) in five innings of work. He would strike out four and walk two batters in his first collegiate loss to drop to 2-1.

On the other side, left-hander Jonathan Cornelius (5-3) produced a solid outing as he limited the Sailfish to only three hits over seven strong innings as he picked up the win. Although he had base-runners aboard nearly every inning, Cornelius was able to work himself in and out of jams throughout the afternoon as he walked three and struck out five batters.

Leading 1-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, the Panthers (25-10) began to separate themselves a bit as they plated two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to move ahead 4-0.

With Cornelius appearing to get stronger with each inning, Tech broke things open with a four-run fifth inning to move ahead 8-0. Graffeo would face four batters in the fourth inning however he would not retire one of them as freshman David Rowan would enter in relief. A pair of wild pitches would allow the final two runs to sprint home in the big inning.

A double by FIT second-baseman John Fouschet scored one of the runs in the fourth inning while Fouschet would double home two more in the four-run outburst in the sixth frame. Fouschet finished the ballgame 3-for-4 with four runs driven in and one run scored.

Rowan along with relievers Chad Volbert and Aaron Rodewald would close out the contest out of the bullpen for PBA. Rodewald struck out one in his scoreless inning of work.

Catcher Keith Clabaugh would manage the only extra-base hit of the day for the Sailfish while Dion Pouncil and Logan Thomas were the other two contributors on offense with each getting a single.

Following Fouchet’s solid performance for FIT was Ryan McChesney and Michael Demma each going 2-for-4 with McChesney scoring three times.

The Sailfish and Panthers will continue their weekend meeting on Saturday, April 3rd as they will battle in a double-header beginning at 12 p.m. Both games will be broadcasted live on the Sailfish Sports Network with live statistics being supplied by Florida Tech. Check the Sailfish online baseball schedule for links and more details.

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