Sailfish Collect Walk-Off Win Over Barry University
April 13, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- The Sailfish baseball appeared determined on Tuesday evening to not let Barry University escape with another one run victory. Having dropped a pair of one run losses earlier this season in Miami Shores to the Buccaneers, the Fish would prevail on this night as a bases-loaded soft liner off the bat of Justin Sizemore was misplayed and allowed senior Scott Urbanek to sprint home for the 7-6 win.
After losing four straight games, the Sailfish (15-16) have now piggy-backed a solid weekend series win at Saint Leo University with another big win at home against the Bucs (25-13) who had beaten PBA eight straight times dating back to the opening weekend of the 2008 season.
Palm Beach Atlantic trailed Barry 6-4 entering the bottom of the eighth inning on Tuesday night and once again looked as if the Bucs would go home the victors in a close game. That all changed when senior catcher Keith Clabaugh delivered a two-run single up the middle against reliever T.J. Mullins that plated both Tony Livelsberger and Justin Sizemore to tie the game at 6-6.
The Bucs looked to re-take the lead in the top of the ninth inning against PBA left-hander Graham White. While allowed a leadoff single to BU catcher Luis Arrizurieta followed by a sacrifice bunt and a walk to put two on with one out. That brought to the plate right-fielder Yas Guitierrez who connected for a hard shot to PBA second-baseman Jonny Herrera who made a fantastic play to field the one-hop grounder then flipped to Vasilios Mila and over to first for the inning-ending double play.
That defensive momentum carried over into the bottom of the inning where the Fish loaded the bases with one out as Sizemore swung at the first pitch he saw from reliever Tyler King. Sizemore’s soft line drive landed in front of the second-baseman who made a flip to the shortstop Nick Shaw who was covering the second-base bag however the usually sure-handed Shaw dropped the ball as Urbanek crossed home for the walk-off win.
PBA received a solid long relief outing from sophomore Aaron Rodewald as the Pompano Beach and Highlands Christian product gave the Fish 4.1 innings of relief as he entered in the four inning for starter Jonathan Kies. Rodewald allowed five hits and only two runs while not walking a batter and striking out four.
White pitched the final inning of work and earned his first victory of the season.
The Fish jumped ahead on the Bucs with a second-inning lead off triple from senior Neil Hardon who came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Herrera. Back came the Bucs however in the third and fourth innings as they pushed across a pair of runs in each frame to take the 4-1 lead.
After scoring once more in the fifth inning on an RBI single from Joaquin Valdes, the Bucs would be harmed by a pair of PBA runs coming home in the bottom of the fifth inning. Back-to-back sacrifice flies by Vasilios Mila and Luis Meija drew the Fish a bit closer as the score sat at 5-3. PBA drew even closer at 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning as Clabaugh delivered an RBI on a groundout.
BU tacked on their final run in the top of the seventh inning as Dwelly doubled to lead off the inning then came home to score on a Matt Petty run-scoring single.
That would set the stage for PBA’s late inning heroics which resulted in the 7-6 Sailfish win.
Brian Santana went the first five innings for Barry as he allowed only four hits and three runs (one earned) while striking out five and walking two. Mullins followed with a solid three inning stint that resulted in the same line as Santana, four hits allowed and three runs (one earned). King was handed the loss, his first of the season, as he retired only one hitter in the ninth as he drops to 5-1.
Mila finished 3-for-3 for PBA including a pair of doubles, a walk, and a sac fly. Clabaugh drove in three runs in his 1-for-4 showing while Sizemore scored a pair while going 1-for-4.
PBA has the remaining part of the work week away from the game field as they will now prepare for a tough weekend series at home against Florida Southern College. Ranked fifth in the latest NCAA Division II poll, the Moccassins and Sailfish will battle on Friday, April 16th at 7 p.m. and then again for a double-header beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, all games being played at Dave Manzo Field at Dick Brown Park.