Thomas Goes the Distance While Offense Breaks Slump in Series Opening Win Over Saint Leo
April 9, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
SAINT LEO, Fla.- Nothing appeared destined to slow down a rejuvenated Sailfish baseball team on Friday night as they overcame a broken down bus while entering play having lost four straight games as they prevailed 11-4 over Saint Leo University on Friday night to open up a weekend road series. The Fish pounded out 18 hits as they gave head coach Gary Carter a late birthday present with their offensive fireworks.
Celebrating his birthday on Thursday, Coach Carter could not have asked more of his team’s starting lineup on Friday evening at Southard Stadium as eight of the starting position players registered hits including three homeruns by the likes of seniors Scott Urbanek, Keith Clabaugh, and Neil Hardon.
All the offense backed another solid outing by sophomore right-hander Logan Thomas who prepared the PBA bullpen for Saturday’s double-header by going all nine innings on Friday in picking up his fourth win of the season. Thomas allowed a pair of runs in the eighth and ninth innings however with the Sailfish (13-15) already having put double-digit runs on their side of the scoreboard, the game appeared to be in control of the Blue and White.
Thomas finished with seven strikeouts while scattering nine hits and allowing only three earned runs and not walking a batter.
After trading scoreless frames through the first two innings, the Sailfish got on the board in the third inning with two runs courtesy of one swing from Urbanek who lifted his first homerun of the season beyond the left-field fence.
PBA fired back with two more runs in the top of the fourth inning when senior Sam Testa tripled to leadoff the inning followed by an RBI single from senior Tony Livelsberger. Livelsberger came in to score the second run of the inning on a run-scoring single by sophomore Luis Meija who was playing in his first game since injuring his ankle one month ago exactly in a game versus Lynn University.
After being held off the scoreboard in the fifth inning, PBA fired back for two more runs in the sixth frame when Clabaugh launched a two-run jack that put PBA in front 6-0.
The Fish blew the game open with a four spot in the eighth inning as Hardon connected for a two-run homer while two more runs came home to score on a pair of Lions fielding errors.
SLU starter Marshall Stalvey (2-6) was tagged with the loss as he gave up 10 hits and six runs in his 5.1 innings of work. Senior reliever Seth Fowler came on for the final 3.2 innings of work and was hit for eight base-knocks with five runs coming in although only two were earned.
Urbanek finished 3-for-6 atop the Sailfish lineup with a pair driven in and a run scored while Livelsberger, Meija, and Hardon all collected three hits each. Jonny Herrera and Keith Clabaugh each added in a pair of hits including each adding a double.
PBA and SLU will return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon for a double-header beginning at 1 p.m. www.SaintLeoLions.com is providing both live statistics and a broadcast for game one. Live statistics only will be available for game two.