Sailfish Left to Pick Up the Pieces After Tough Night on the Diamond
March 3, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LANTANA, Fla.- Thursday evening at the Santaluces Sports Complex won’t be a night the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team forgets anytime soon. Having won 10 of their first 14 games coming into Thursday night’s action with Mercyhurst College, the Fish had been playing a solid brand of baseball. That unfortunately would not be the case this night as PBA dropped a 10-3 decision to the Lakers while registering 18 strikeouts and committing seven fielding errors.
Perhaps looking past the visiting Lakers to an important weekend series beginning on Friday evening at home versus Eckerd College, the Sailfish (10-5) would never seem to be in sync on Thursday as they made uncharacteristic physical and mental mistakes.
Sophomore left-hander Jonathan Kies (0-2) was the recipient of some tough defensive plays behind him while also facing a solid Mercyhurst (8-2) lineup who had also defeated Lynn University and St. Thomas University during their trip to South Florida these past few weeks.
Kies took the loss in five innings of work, allowing seven hits and six runs (four earned) while walking two and striking out three batters.
The Lakers would counter with left-hander Nick Gillung (3-0) who would tally an incredible performance of striking out 15 of the 25 batters he would face in six innings of work. In addition to the 15 strikeouts, Gillung allowed only three hits while walking four and allowing one earned run.
The Fish received a pair of innings each from relievers Byron Skinner and Chad Volbert with Volbert allowing three hits and no earned runs (two unearned) in his two frames.
Palm Beach Atlantic finished with five hits including a double by freshman Jordan Carter.
Shane Latshaw finished with two triples amongst his three hits while Anthony Tomasone finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three runs driven in. Justin Urschel was also 3-for-5.
PBA will be back on the diamond on Friday when they take on Eckerd College at 6 pm at Dave Manzo Field. The game will be broadcasted live on the Sailfish Sports Network.