PBA Baseball Collects Road Victory at Ave Maria University
February 21, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
AVE MARIA, Fla.- After a busy weekend at Flagler College on Friday and Saturday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team hit the road again on Monday afternoon for a matchup with Ave Maria University at Bowie’s Ballpark. Head coach Gary Carter mixed and matched his lineup against the Gyrenes with freshman Johnny Cole leading the way with a 3-for-4 day at the plate including a grand slam and five runs batted in while freshman Christian Wonders made his first start in a 12-2 Palm Beach Atlantic victory.
The Fish (9-3) feasted on AMU pitching for the second time this season after defeating the Gyrenes (6-10) by a score of 17-10 on February 7th at Dave Manzo Field.
With a big game versus Barry University slated for Tuesday evening in Miami Shores, the Sailfish coaching staff opted for a lineup that featured a number of key reserves seeing valuable field time.
PBA jumped ahead early with a four-run first inning as junior Nick Natale delivered a run-scoring single while designated-hitter Yogi Gunther also chipped in with a two-run single. Freshman Sean Noland added in a RBI groundout later in the inning to stake Wonders to the early lead.
A Martin County High School product, Wonders has been effective in relief early this season but was awarded a start versus AMU. He would respond nicely with six innings of shutout work while allowing six hits, striking out one batter, and walking only one.
Senior left-hander Graham White, who started against AMU the first time around this season, dominated the Gyrenes lineup in his two innings of relief as he tallied five strikeouts in seven batters faced. Ethan Perla posted the final inning on the mound with one run allowed.
Cole got his big offensive day started in the second-inning by registering a run-scoring single that plated fellow freshman Jorge Chavarria for the 5-0 lead.
After a scoreless third inning, the Fish got back to work in the fourth and fifth inning with a single run each as Chavarria came in to score on an error after doubling to start the fourth and Luis Mejia added in a solo homerun in the fifth inning.
PBA piled on five more runs in the top of the ninth inning for good measure as Justin Sizemore and Taylor Kaprive began the inning with singles followed by back-to-back walks to Chavarria and Ismael Cotto which brought home the innings’ first run. Cole then followed with his first collegiate homerun, a grand slam that cleared the right-field fence for an exciting end to his first start at first-base on the season.
The Sailfish would finish the day with 12 hits including three by Cole who also walked twice, a 2-for-3 day from Mejia, and a 2-for-3 showing by Chavarria who scored three runs.
The Sailfish will battle Barry University at 6 pm on Tuesday, February 22nd in Miami Shores. Fans can follow live statistics through the Barry University website and a live audio broadcast by the Sailfish Sports Network. Pregame coverage will begin at 5:45 pm.