Sailfish Post Solid Start to the Weekend with 5-3 Win at Flagler College
February 18, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- The Sailfish baseball team began their weekend with a strong performance on Friday night at Flagler Stadium with a come-from-behind win over Flagler College as the Sailfish rattled off their sixth straight win by coming back late to win 5-3 over the Saints. A strong bullpen showing by three different arms backed up a solid outing from Jeremiah Cothiere as a three-run homer from freshman Brooks Fleming got the Fish on the board and a go-ahead single from Ethan Perla would prove to be the game-winner.
Coming off a big victory over #2-ranked Florida Southern College earlier in the week while also knocking off visiting Limestone College earlier in the day, the Flagler College baseball team was hoping to make it a perfect start to their weekend as they led 2-0 through much of Friday night’s contest.
Cothiere would log the first four innings on the mound for PBA as the junior right-hander allowed only three hits while striking out seven batters before handing the game over to the Sailfish bullpen.
Already a season filled with solid and disappointing showings alike by the PBA pen, tonight would mark one of their best showings as Christian Wonders, Aaron Ilharreguy, and Jimmy Kelly combined to allow only five hits and one earned run in five innings of work down the stretch.
Flagler (6-5) jumped out to their 2-0 lead with a leadoff homerun from Jose Rohena in the bottom of the second inning while a second score came home on a Charlie Stewart RBI single later in the inning.
It would not be until the top of the seventh inning that PBA would plate their first run as they finally broke through against FC starting pitcher Jonathan Armold who had previously shut the Sailfish down offensively to that point.
After a double by Taylor Kaprive led off the inning, Perla followed up with a single through the right-side to put runners on the corners and no one out. Up next stepped Fleming who picked an opportune time for his first collegiate homerun as he launched a ball deep into the night for a go-ahead three-run long-ball.
After two scoreless innings from Wonders resulted in the freshman right-hander from Martin County High School escaping two potential jams, the Fish opted next to give the ball to Ihlarreguy who hit the first batter he faced that came around to score the tying run on a RBI single from Evan Grandizio.
As the Saints went to their bullpen to start the eighth inning, the Fish would see Nick Natale reach with one out on a bunt single and then proceed to steal second and third base before a walk to Justin Sizemore and a lineout from Kaprive. Perla then stepped in and delivered what would turn out to be the go-ahead run with an RBI single.
Travis Murray chipped in an insurance run RBI in the top of the ninth inning to move ahead 5-3.
Jimmy Kelly came on for the two inning save, his second save of the season, by tallying no runs and no hits allowed while striking out two batters.
Natale led the way offensively for PBA with another solid performance as the junior outfielder finished 2-for-2 with three walks, a run scored, and three more stolen bases. Perla also finished with two hits and a run batted in.
PBA will be back in action on Saturday as they square off again against Flagler College at 1 pm followed by a 4:30 date with Limestone College. Both games will be played at Flagler Stadium.