Sailfish Baseball Team Drops Ugly Contest to Warner Southern

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team hosted Warner Southern College on Wednesday night and once again struggled to keep the opposing team off the board as the Royals scored in each of the first four innings including a whopping eight runs in the third inning to push past the Sailfish 16-7.

Now 22-11 on the season, Warner Southern crossed a run in each of their first two plate appearances both by executing the little things that help teams win ballgames. Completing solid sacrifice opportunities and moving runners over led to the 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the second inning.

The landscape of the game would appear to quickly change with momentum shifting to the Sailfish dugout as PBA scored five times in the second inning to take a temporary 5-2 lead.

All the runs came after two were out and nobody was on. Utility player Billy Falconio (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) reached on a two-out walk before centerfielder Scott Urbanek (Weston, Fla.) got aboard on an error. Another walk to second-baseman Mariano Jimenez (Bradenton, Fla.) loaded the bases and set the stage for junior Nick Norley (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) connecting on a two-run single to left-field and tying the game.

After Jimenez and Norley each moved up 90 feet on a double steal, senior Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Fla.) decided to join the hit parade and followed with a two-run single of his own. Grau would then come trotting home on the next play as slugger Tony Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa.) delivered with a double.

The Fish would continue to add to their run total in the third and fourth inning with each frame producing a single run for the home team.

Jesse Gibbs (Port Republic, Md.) lined a Royal’s offering well past the left-field fence to earn his first collegiate homerun in third inning while Jimenez came around to score in the fourth on an RBI groundout from Zach Grau.

That would be all the Sailfish lineup could muster however in terms of run support as the Royal’s bullpen shutout the Fish over the course of the final five innings. Reliever Jose Cabrera earned the win for WSC with two shutout innings while reliever Ben Shockey earned the three inning save by allowing only one hit and no runs while striking out four batters.

Jimenez and Norley continued their solid work from the past few weeks atop the Sailfish order in the number one and two spots respectively as the duo combined to go 5-7 on the day with Jimenez finishing 3-4 with a pair of runs scored and a walk. Zach Grau collected only one hit in four trips to the plate but did drive in three runs.

Junior right-hander Buddy Fisher (Pompano, Fla.) took the loss after tossing 2 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, 10 runs (seven earned) while walking three batters and striking out two.

Lefty Dustin Ducassse (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) closed out the contest for PBA with a scoreless inning in the ninth inning.

On the Royal’s side, shortstop jed Yancey finished with an astonishing 4-5 day at the plate while driving in three runs and scoring three of his own. Right-fielder Shane Ynclan also registered a four-hit game and drove in five runs while connecting for two homeruns on the evening.

PBA continues their homestand this week by playing host to Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, March 20th at the Roger Dean Complex beginning with first pitch at 7 pm.

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