Sailfish Unable to Complete Late Rally as St. Michael's Holds On for Win
March 18, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LANTANA, Fla.- Outside of another brilliant outing from junior Logan Thomas, seemingly anything and everything would go wrong for the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team on Friday night at the Santaluces Complex as the Fish would fall short in heart-breaking fashion against the likes of St. Michael’s College. A ninth inning rally trailing 2-1 would be cut short on the game’s final play as pinch-runner Jordan Carter was gunned down at the plate attempting to tie the score after tagging up at third-base on a fly ball.
With Thomas and SMC lefty Andrew Kelly both pitching effectively throughout the evening, the game would go to the ninth inning with the Purple Knights (4-5) clinging to a 2-1 advantage. After two errors to start the inning gave the Fish two runners in scoring position with only one out, third-baseman Taylor Kaprive lifted a fly ball to short right-field. With the Fish struggling to swing the bats throughout the night, they would need to send Carter to the plate.
A perfect one-hop throw to the dish from right-fielder Jacob Begnoche easily beat Carter spring toward home as catcher Ben Mitchell applied the tag to end the tight ballgame.
Rob McCarty came on to retire the final three outs for the save while Kelley improved to 1-0 on the season with his strong overall outing of 7.1 innings pitched including only three walks and 11 strikeouts.
Thomas was nearly as impressive as he pitched exceptionally well for a second straight Friday night at Santaluces only to come away with a no-decision last week and a loss tonight. The junior right-hander from Melbourne, Florida struck out nine batters and didn’t walk anyone while allowing two earned runs on seven hits.
A scoreless game through four innings, both teams got all the runs that would cross the plate in the fifth inning as St. Michael’s plated a pair of runs on an infield hit from Mitchell and a fielder’s choice by shortstop Tyler Wild after Nick Nelson and Begnoche began the inning with back-to-back doubles.
The Fish would cut the lead in half with an RBI single from Nick Natale in the bottom of the inning as he plated Kaprive who began the rally with a one-out walk.
Palm Beach Atlantic (16-9) would get runners aboard in three of the final four innings but could not push across the tying run as they stranded a total of eight base-runners.
Luis Mejia and Jorge Chavarria each finished with two hits as Chavarria had a double and a single while Mejia had a pair of hard-hit singles in four-at-bats.
The two teams will go to battle again on Saturday as they will square off at 1 pm at the Santaluces Complex. The game will be broadcast on the Sailfish Sports Network.