Sailfish Drop Friday Night Opener in Pitcher's Duel Versus #5-Ranked Florida Southern

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

Logan Thomas (Pictured) Pitched Well But Fell to 4-5 on the Season with a Loss on Friday Night to Florida Southern College at Dave Manzo Field. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Logan Thomas (Pictured) Pitched Well But Fell to 4-5 on the Season with a Loss on Friday Night to Florida Southern College at Dave Manzo Field. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic University sophomore right-hander Logan Thomas went eight strong innings on Friday night however a few defensive miscues by his defense behind him left the Sailfish just a bit short in their upset attempt in hosting #5-ranked Florida Southern College at Dave Manzo Field. PBA pushed ahead 1-0 through five innings only to see the Mocs push back with four unanswered runs to claim the 4-1 series opening win.

Thomas (4-5) took on heralded FSC left-hander Max Russell (9-0) and through the first five innings had claim to the better outing. Palm Beach Atlantic (15-17) received a one out double from Scott Urbanek in the bottom of the third inning followed by an RBI single from Vasilios Mila that put PBA up 1-0.

Thomas continued to throw consistent strikes against the Moccasins (36-5) who managed only two hits through the first five frames.

The Sailfish right-hander ran into trouble however in the top of the sixth inning as FSC leadoff man Trae Gore reached on a leadoff error followed by back-to-back singles from Colin Kaline and Kelvin Clark to tie the score at 1-1. After a fielder’s choice retired the first out of the inning, Mocs first-baseman Tyler Benzel connected on a 3-2 pitch that went the way of PBA second-baseman Jonny Herrera who fielded then threw to first-base for the routine out. The only problem was however that Clark never stopped running and scored from second-base on the groundout.

A single by designated-hitter Andrew Grutka plated the final run of the inning to move ahead 3-1. Another unearned run came home to score in the top of the seventh inning to make things 4-1 as Kaline reached on an error.

After a tough start, Russell would settle down for Florida Southern and stay undefeated on the season at 9-0 while striking out six batters in eight innings of work on Friday night. The junior lefty allowed six hits and one walk.

Fireballer Daniel Tillman allowed a leadoff hit in the ninth inning but escaped further damage when he got a double-play, the third of the night by the Sailfish offense.

Kaline and Clark both registered two hits apiece to lead the FSC offense while Mila and Jesse Gibbs both collected two hits each for the Fish with Mila registering the only RBI and a stolen base.

The two teams will be back to Dave Manzo Field on Saturday afternoon for a twin-bill beginning at 1 p.m. Both games of the double-header will be aired live on the Sailfish Sports Network.

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