Baseball Collects Another Tenth Inning Victory on Friday Night Over SNHU
March 11, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LANTANA, Fla.- After another stellar starting pitcher performance from junior Logan Thomas through nine innings that left the Sailfish and Southern New Hampshire University Penmen tied at 2-2, the Fish capitalized on an error by the SNHU defense in claiming a walk-off win on Friday night at the Santaluces Complex. Luis Mejia’s single up the middle was mishandled by the centerfielder that allowed speedy shortstop Jorge Chavarria to score from first-base with two outs in the tenth inning for a 3-2 win.
Struggling for much of the night to get any offense going, the Fish saw a two-out single from Chavarria in the bottom of the tenth begin the quick rally. With Chavarria running on the pitch, Mejia laced a groundball just beyond the reach of the second-baseman, who was covering the bag on the potential stolen base attempt, into the outfield to a charging SNHU centerfielder, Juan Amador.
Amador bobbled the ball for a split second which gave PBA head coach Gary Carter the green light to send Chavarria to the plate in hopes for the game-winner. Amador’s throw would be well up the first-base line as Chavarria slid in safely for the game-winning run as his teammates mobbed him and Mejia at the conclusion of the exciting 3-2 victory.
Perhaps lost in the excitement of another late PBA victory was the strong outing of Thomas who finished with nine strikeouts in his nine innings of work while allowing only one earned run on eight-hits. Thomas lowered his season earned-run average to 2.54 while picking up his fourth no-decision of the season.
Alejandro De Moya entered for PBA in the tenth on the hill and picked up his third win of the season against zero losses as the left-hander struck out two in his only inning of work.
Palm Beach Atlantic (15-7) jumped ahead of the Penmen (8-8) by a 2-0 score early in the game as Nick Natale came through with an RBI single to plate Matt Civetti and then a ball was misplayed by the SNHU third-baseman to plate Chavarria later in the bottom of the third inning.
Jamie Wollerman drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the fourth inning to cut the PBA lead in half at 2-1 but Thomas was able to retire the next batter on strikes to squelch the rally.
The Penmen would tie the score two innings later as back-to-back singles by Albert Stanton and Amador came with one out as Amador’s single skipped past PBA centerfielder Nick Natale’s glove to allow the unearned run to come in as the tying run.
SNHU starter Tyler Gauthier would be finished for the night after five innings as he left having allowed only four hits and striking out six in five innings of work.
Four Penmen relievers would follow with Garrett Jewell, Zach LeBarron, and Brad Monroe each tossing a scoreless inning while Ryan Walfied went 1.2 innings before allowing the game-winning run to come in to score in the tenth.
Mejia finished as the only PBA player to register more than one hit as the Sailfish second-baseman finished 2-for-5 on the night as part of PBA’s six-hit attack.
Jon Massad along with Stanton and Amador each had two hits for Southern New Hampshire as they concluded the contest with eight hits.
Palm Beach Atlantic will close out their busiest stretch of the season on Saturday, March 12th when they host the University of New Haven for a double-header at Dave Manzo Field beginning at 1 pm. Both games of the double-header will be broadcasted live on the Sailfish Sports Network.