Baseball Unable to Hold Late Lead as Barry Triumphs Over Palm Beach Atlantic
February 22, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team has not found the confines of Barry Universities’ Feinbloom Field to be a friendly place over the past two seasons as the Fish dropped a tough 5-3 decision on Tuesday night to the Buccaneers despite some solid individual performances. Leading 3-1 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Sailfish witnessed a Bucs rally as they rattled off the final four runs of the ballgame for the two run victory.
Sailfish junior right-hander Logan Thomas (1-0) pitched effectively for the fourth time in as many starts this season but once again was plagued by a lack of run support and a bit of bad luck.
Leading 3-1 and trying to finish off the Bucs (6-6) in the seventh inning, Thomas issued a one out walk to Harold Holness then surrendered a homerun to leadoff hitter Drew Dwelly that just cleared the fence in right-centerfield in the cozy dimensions of Feinbloom Field.
Dwelly’s blast would end the day for Thomas who allowed only six hits and three walks while striking out three in his 6.1 innings as he left with a no decision.
After freshman Jimmy Kelly entered the Bucs would scratch out one more run in the inning to take a 4-3 lead as Chris Leon drew a walk and was driven home by an Adrian English RBI single into leftfield.
Lynden Coleman added an insurance run for the Bucs with a solo homerun in the eighth inning for the 5-3 final score as Tyler King came on for a one-two-three ninth inning to collect his third save of the season.
Barry was first to tally a run on the evening as James Young drove home English with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the second-inning to stake starter Jordan Wellander to an early 1-0 lead.
Wellander was solid his first time through the PBA batting order allowing only a two-out single to Ethan Perla in the third inning before Perla was gunned down attempting to steal by catcher Luis Arrizurieta.
The Fish bats started to heat up however the second and third time around as Brooks Fleming got the Fish on the board and provided Thomas was a lead in the top of the fourth inning as his sharp grounder went thru the legs of English at shortstop to see two runs come in to score as PBA took a 2-1 lead.
The Fish added to their lead in the top of the fifth as freshman Jorge Chavarria sparked the offense with a leadoff double then came to third on an overthrow. Chavarria would score later in the inning on a suicide squeeze executed by teammate Nick Natale.
After breezing thru the Barry batting order in the fourth and fifth innings while then stranding two base-runners in the sixth inning, Thomas would go back out for the seventh inning as that is when the Bucs got the bats working again for the big three run inning.
Palm Beach Atlantic (8-4) was led on the night offensively by Travis Murray who paced the nine-hit attack for the Fish with a 3-for-4 showing as his bat continues to sizzle. Freshman Johnny Cole backed up his solid performance yesterday in the rout of Ave Maria University with another good showing at first-base with a 2-for-5 night including a run scored.
Chavarria also came away with two base-hits and a run scored in the loss.
Dwelly and Leon finished with two hits each atop the Barry lineup while English also finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run driven in.
Reliever T.J. Mullins picked up his first win of the season with two innings of scoreless work including a strikeout.
PBA will now begin preparations for the weekend as they will host Saint Leo University on consecutive nights beginning Friday, February 25th at Santaluces High School at 7 pm then another nine inning contest on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 pm. Saturday’s game will be played at Dave Manzo Field following the 2011 PBA Baseball Alumni game.