Thomas and Company Hand NSU Sharks Their First Loss of the Season
February 9, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
DAVIE, Fla.- With only two games this week, head coach Gary Carter had the benefit of a well-stocked bullpen on Wednesday night as Palm Beach Atlantic University took on previously undefeated Nova Southeastern University at the NSU Baseball Complex. Starter Logan Thomas provided a strong six innings then handed the lead to relievers Kenny Frosch and Jeremiah Cothiere who closed the door on a tight and well-fought 3-2 win over NSU.
After having his first start of the season spoiled by a late blown lead, Thomas (1-0) gave the Sailfish exactly what they needed on Wednesday as he worked into the seventh inning while allowing only two hits and two earned runs. The Melbourne, Florida native posted seven strikeouts and worked around three walks.
Palm Beach Atlantic (4-2) received some help from the NSU defense to get on the board in the top of the third inning as the Sailfish saw both Ethan Perla and Jorge Chavarria reach on errors with no one out. A balk from NSU pitcher Sean Tighe would then follow the infield miscues and plate Perla while Chavarria came in to score on a RBI groundout from Luis Mejia to move ahead 2-0.
With Thomas mowing down the potent NSU lineup, the Sharks (5-1) finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth inning as Ray Navarro drew a two-out walk and came all the way around to score on a Carlos Asuaje double to cut the Fish lead to 2-1.
Sailfish first-baseman Yogi Gunther got the Fish advantage back to a two-run lead in the next half-inning as he lifted his first homerun of the season over the left-field wall to move ahead 3-1.
Thomas was finally chased in the bottom of the seventh inning as Areo Regoli drove his third homerun of the season out of the park to lead off the frame followed by a walk to Michael Hartley.
Left-hander Kenny Frosch who has now pitched in three of the team’s five games came on to retire the first batter he faced on a sacrifice bunt and then followed through with a groundout and a flyout to secure the 3-2 advantage.
Carter opted to go with Cothiere for the final two frames as the junior transfer posted two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth frames to secure his first save of the season. NSU would see the potential tying run get into scoring position in the eighth but Cothiere would subdue the rally with back-to-back strikeouts of Luis Penate and Dusty Maggs to end the threat.
Cothiere posted a one-two-three ninth inning.
Neither team lit up the scoreboard offensively on the night as NSU was held below nine hits for the first time this season while PBA saw only eight hits as a team. Catcher Travis Murray continued his good work to start the season with a 2-for-4 night while Ethan Perla also posted a 2-for-4 showing with a run scored and a stolen base.
The Fish will have the remainder of the week off from game action as they will prepare for a busy week of Florida Tech at home on Tuesday, February 15th at 6 pm and a road weekend series at Flagler College beginning with a 6 pm showdown on Friday, February 18th at 7 pm.