Sailfish Earn Final Weekend Split at Nova Southeastern

Written By: PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown

Keith Clabaugh (Pictured) Finished 4-for-4 in Game One with a Pair of Homeruns, Four Runs Scored, and Four Driven In. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Keith Clabaugh (Pictured) Finished 4-for-4 in Game One with a Pair of Homeruns, Four Runs Scored, and Four Driven In. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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DAVIE, Fla.- Heading on the road for one final time during the 2010 regular season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team earned a split on Saturday afternoon at the Nova Southeastern University Baseball Complex. The Fish tallied a season series victory over the Sharks with a 13-9 win in game one while dropping the second contest by a 6-4 tally.

Sophomore Logan Thomas went to the hill in the opener for PBA and despite allowing seven runs on seven hits, only two of the runs against the right-hander were earned as the slugfest became a battle of the bullpens.

Palm Beach Atlantic (17-20) trailed 8-6 heading into the eighth inning before scoring four runs in the eighth followed by three more runs in the ninth to earn the victory as the Fish pounded out 17 hits in the opener off five NSU pitchers.

Senior catcher Keith Clabaugh clubbed a pair of homeruns in the opening game victory including a three-run shot in the first inning as the Sailfish jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Clabaugh connected for a solo homerun in the third inning.

Thomas would give way to freshman left-hander Alejandro De Moya in the fourth inning as the Dominican Republic native gave the Fish a solid outing of 2.2 innings of action as he allowed only one hit and one run. Freshman Dave Rowan would earn the victory, his first as a Sailfish, while lefty Graham White got the final four outs including a pair of strikeouts for his second save of the year.

The big inning in the eighth for PBA began with three straight singles by Clabaugh, Jesse Gibbs, and Neil Hardon with the first run then coming in to score on a passed ball. Vasilios Mila would step up next and connect for a two-run single while Scott Urbanek closed out the scoring with a RBI double.

Mila added another two-run single in the ninth to cap the scoring for Palm Beach Atlantic in game one.

Clabaugh finished 4-for-4 in the game with a career-high four runs scored and four more driven in courtesy of his two long-balls. Urbanek registered a 3-for-5 game at the plate while Gibbs and Hardon each registered a pair of hits. Mila finished 2-for-5 with four runs batted in.

Game two sent Peter Graffeo (3-2) to the mound for PBA as they hoped to close out the sweep. Things started off solid for the freshman righty as he shut out the Sharks hitting attack through the first three innings while PBA once again got on the board with a first inning run.

Urbanek led off the fourth inning with his second homerun of the season as PBA moved ahead 2-0 going into the second-half of the seven inning game. This is when Graffeo and the Fish would run into some problems.

NSU plated a pair of runs in the fourth inning when they began the frame with three straight hits including consecutive doubles with Nikko Echevarria’s two-bagger plating Luis Penate. Eric McCans added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to tie the score at 2-2.

The Sharks (31-19) scored four more times in the fifth inning which would chase Graffeo and get into the PBA bullpen. Graffeo was charged with all six runs in the game as he allowed eight hits and struck out three batters.

PBA tacked on two runs in the top of the sixth inning on a Luis Mejia homerun but that would be as close as the score would get as the Fish fell 6-4. Issac Hicks (7-0) earned the win with five innings while Sean Albury registered the final two innings of work including four strikeouts.

Mila and Urbanek continued their productive day at the top of the lineup in game two with the speedy duo each registering a pair of hits. Mejia’s homer and Hardon’s two hits rounded out PBA’s seven hit attack.

The Sailfish will close out their regular season slate with one final home game on Tuesday, April 27th at 6 p.m. as PBA hosts Barry University at Dave Manzo Field.

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