Sailfish Lay the Hammer Down in Defeat of Nyack College

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

Jorge Chavarria (Pictured) Finished 4-for-5 Versus Nyack College on Thursday Evening in a 13-4 PBA Win at Dave Manzo Field. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins. Jorge Chavarria (Pictured) Finished 4-for-5 Versus Nyack College on Thursday Evening in a 13-4 PBA Win at Dave Manzo Field. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

Box Score

LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Although the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team may be away from the classroom this week the university on Spring Break, this time off hasn’t been felt on the baseball diamond as the Fish played their fifth game in as many days on Thursday on a rain-soaked Dave Manzo Field. After an early positive start saw the Sailfish take advantage of some Nyack College defensive mistakes, head coach Gary Carter was able to empty his bench to see some at-bats and innings from some reserves as PBA prevailed 13-4.

After a large cell of thunderstorms rolled through South Florida earlier in the day it didn’t appear as if the two teams would be able to play however the skies would clear and the field was manageable after pushing the game back to a 7 pm first pitch.

Senior Graham White got the start for PBA and worked around a few walks as he allowed only three hits and two earned runs in six innings of work to collect his second victory of the season. One of only two seniors on the squad, White struck out six and walked three.

Junior Aaron Ilharreguy worked through some control issues in his one inning of time on the mound as he allowed two runs on one hit and five walks while freshman Byron Skinner showed a solid two-inning stint to close things out with three strikeouts and only one walk while allowing no hits.

Kevin Earlie took the loss for Nyack as the Warriors starter went five innings and allowed eight runs (three earned), on seven hits, six walks, and six strikeouts.

After a scoreless first inning, the Fish got on the board in the second frame as Yogi Gunther ripped a double down the left-field line to plate Luis Mejia for a 1-0 lead.

After Nyack tied the score at 1-1 in the top of third inning, the Fish went back in front with a run in the bottom half of the third as Jorge Chavarria contributed a two-out single and came in to score on a steal of home as the NC catcher attempted to gun down Travis Murray at second-base who was moving up on a ball that got away from the catcher’s reach.

Another Warriors run would tie the game once again in the top of the fourth inning before PBA would put the game away for good.

The Fish scored three runs each in the bottom of the fourth and fifth inning with the big blows coming from a two-out fielding error off the bat of Nick Natale and a Chavarria RBI single in the fourth followed by a sacrifice fly from Ismael Cotto and another critical error in the fifth by Nyack.

Read Brown would add an RBI single later in the ballgame while a balk would be called and bring in another PBA score. Freshman Jordan Carter would contribute a RBI single late in the game as well.

Chavarria led the hit-parade for PBA as the freshman shortstop totaled a career-high night of 4-for-5 including two runs scored. Gunther and Cotto each had two hits with Gunther driving in three runs and the pair each scoring two runs each.

Palm Beach Atlantic will be back to the diamond once again on Friday evening as they will take on Southern New Hampshire University at 6 pm. The two teams will square off at 6 pm at the Santaluces Sports Complex.

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