Sailfish Get to Lynn Early but Fall 8-4 in Baseball Action
April 6, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- After taking the first four games of the season series with solid fundamental play, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was unable to complete the season sweep over Palm Beach County rival Lynn University on Tuesday evening as the Fighting Knights came away with a come-from-behind 8-4 win.
Lynn (10-25-1) reliever Eric Pfefer (1-1) entered the game in the bottom of the first inning for starter Carl Gorman who lasted only one out and five batters faced before being lifted. Pfefer was possibly expected to give the Knights a few solid innings of long relief however he would do much more than that as he picked up the game victory after going 7.2 innings and allowing only five hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out four batters and walking none.
Sailfish (12-15) starting pitcher, sophomore Carlos Hechavarria (1-1) worked around a pair of singles in the first inning and tossed a scoreless second frame before running into big trouble in the third inning. The Knights would send around four runs as they finished off Hechavarria after 2.2 innings of work then greeted reliever Chad Volbert with some more offensive fireworks.
Volbert would finish the inning and start the fourth frame but it would simply not be his night as the junior allowed five hits and three runs in 0.2 innings of work.
PBA jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning as Vasilios Mila led off with a single then moved along to second-base on a Jonny Herrera sacrifice bunt. After a walk to senior Sam Testa, both runners would complete a double-steal putting two runners in scoring position. Senior Tony Livelsberger would then follow with a two-run double to put PBA up briefly 2-0.
The Fish added another run in the third inning as Mila registered an infield single, stole second, moved to third-base on an overthrow by the LU catcher, and came home to score on a RBI groundout by Herrera.
After the middle innings explosion of runs by Lynn, the Fish would be forced to play from behind. Relievers David Rowan and Alejandro De Moya did admirable jobs keeping the Fish in contention as they allowed only one run between them in 5.2 innings of relief. Rowan tossed 3.1 innings of work, allowing three hits and a run while De Moya gave up two hits and no runs in 2.1 innings.
PBA would push across one more run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a double-play groundout but that would be all as Sam Jones closed the door with one inning of work, coming on for Pfefer in the ninth.
Mila and Livelsberger both finished 2-for-4 in the game with Mila scoring twice and stealing two bases. Livelsberger drove in two runs to help lead the team’s eight hit attack.
The Knights were paced by slugging first-baseman Chris Chavez and his 4-for-5 showing at the plate with three RBI’s and two runs scored. Patrick Roedel added three hits in five at-bats while Einar Atencio, Dane Derstine, Kyle Holloway, and Jackson Harris all added two hits apiece for LU.
PBA will now prepare for their upcoming weekend series at Saint Leo University which is slated to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 9th.