Rollins College Earns Friday Night Victory Over Sailfish at Alfond Stadium

Written By: PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown

Box Score

WINTER PARK, Fla.- Opening up a three-game weekend series against Rollins College on Friday evening, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team began its final weekend slate with a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Tars. Rollins received eight solid innings from starter Stephen Hiscock while Taylor Smith closed the door with a one-two-three ninth inning after the Fish plated three runs in the eighth inning.

Sophomore Logan Thomas (4-6) breezed through the first time through the Tars (33-17) batting order facing the minimum through three innings as he allowed only one hit on a leadoff single in the first inning from Justin Yount followed by a fielder’s choice and a double-play to end the first inning threat.

The Tars finally cracked the armor of Thomas in the fourth inning however as he was touched up for three runs and four hits including an RBI double from Taylor Ferguson, a sacrifice fly from Tony Brunetti and another run coming home on a throwing error on a stolen base attempt.

Rollins would tack on two more runs to improve to a 5-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Yount delivered a run-scoring single while Ferguson followed that up with a RBI single of his own. Thomas would retire RC first-baseman Kevin Mager on strikes to end the fifth which would also signal the end of the day for Thomas as he went five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits, no walks, and three strikeouts.

The Sailfish (17-22) scored three times in the eighth frame as sophomore Jonny Herrera contributed a  two-run double while senior Scott Urbanek added in a RBI single as well.

RC added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a solo homerun over the right-centerfield fence off the bat of designated-hitter Scott Chase. 

After the eighth inning, Rollins opted to go with Smith for the final inning as the right-hander retired the Sailfish in order while collecting a strikeout.

Relieving Thomas was freshman left-hander Alejandro De Moya who performed very well with only two hits allowed in three innings with the only blemish being Chase’s solo homer. De Moya walked two and struck out two batters.

The two teams will get together on Saturday, May 1st for a double-header beginning at 1 p.m. Although technical difficulties did not allow for a radio broadcast of Friday night’s broadcast, both games on Saturday are scheduled to be carried live on the Sailfish Sports Network. We apologize for the error of Friday night’s broadcast unavailability.

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