Tars Complete Series Sweep on Sweltering Saturday in Winter Park
May 1, 2010
Written By: PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown
WINTER PARK, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team closed out their 2010 season on Saturday afternoon with a pair of games against Rollins College on a hot and steamy day at Alfond Stadium. The Sailfish made a valiant comeback in the opener as they trailed 8-3 early, tied the game at 8-8 then fell in the ninth inning with a walk-off hit from the Tars. Rollins closed out the weekend sweep with a 9-0 win in game two.
Needing a late comeback to make the opener close at the end, the Sailfish (17-24) did just that with a five run outburst in the seventh inning as Justin Sizemore, Dion Pouncil, and Ismael Cotto all connected for run scoring singles in the inning. The tying run came in to score on a wild-pitch as the Fish made the full comeback.
The Tars (35-17) would get the leadoff man on in the ninth inning on a single who then moved around to second and third base on a wild-pitch and groundout respectively. The Fish opted to intentionally walk the next two hitters to load the bases in hopes of turning an inning-ending double-play. RC first-baseman Kevin Mager then pounded a David Rowan pitch into the ground that bounced high in the air, coming down too late for the Fish to record an out as the game ended 9-8 in favor of the home-standing Tars.
Mager finished 3-for-5 in the game for the Tars as Rollins finished the contest with 13 hits including four players with two hits apiece. Third-baseman Ryan Luker ended with three runs batted in as he belted a three-run homerun as a part of the Tars’ five-run fourth inning.
The Sailfish finished with 11 hits in the game led by senior Scott Urbanek who finished 3-for-5 with a solo homerun while Keith Clabaugh and Cotto each registered a pair of hits.
PBA started the opener with freshman left-hander Jonathan Kies on the hill but after 1.2 innings and 60 plus pitches, Kies had to be removed from the game because of injury. Graham White and Buddy Fisher would follow in relief while Rowan was charged with the tough-luck loss. Rowan allowed only the one run in 2.1 innings while giving up three hits.
Game two featured a dominating pitching performance from Rollins right-hander Tim Griffin as he allowed only two hits, a Luis Mejia double in the sixth inning and a single by Fisher in the seventh inning. The pinch-hit single for Fisher in the seventh was the first career at-bat for Fisher in his four-year Sailfish career as he performed as a pitcher only.
Griffin was countered by PBA senior Martin Suarez who went the distance in the seven inning contest, allowing 11 hits and nine runs (eight earned) while walking three and striking out none.
The Tars plated three runs in the first inning followed by one run each in the second and third innings. RC put the game into a more comfortable place by adding four more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to increase their lead to the final tally of 9-0.
Saturday’s double-header concludes the season for the Sailfish who finish the 2010 campaign at 17-24. The 17 wins for PBA is ten more regular season victories than the team had in 2009.