Sailfish Break Out the Bats in Blowout of St. Michael's College
March 19, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LANTANA, Fla.- After registering only one run on seven hits in Friday night’s narrow 2-1 loss to St. Michael’s College at the Santaluces Complex, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team busted out of a recent hitting slump in a big way on Saturday afternoon by banging out 14 hits and 14 runs in a 14-0 blowout victory over St. Michael’s on a sunny afternoon for baseball.
Sophomore T.J. Harbuck (3-1) gave the Sailfish five dominating innings in which he registered nine strikeouts and three walks while allowing only three hits before handing things over to freshman Jimmy Kelly and Aaron Ilharreguy who each posted two scoreless innings with only one hit allowed between the two as PBA expanded upon their early lead to produce a rout of the Purple Knights (4-6).
The two teams were scoreless through two-and-a-half innings as PBA finally got on the board in the bottom of the third inning by putting up five runs against SMC starter Nick Myers (0-1) who allowed all five earned runs to come in to score in the inning.
After a leadoff walk to freshman Jordan Carter began the frame, fellow freshman Sean Noland ripped an opposite-field triple into the left-centerfield gap to plate the game’s first run and ignite the big inning. After a walk and a run-scoring double from Nick Natale, freshman Michael Lyon laid down a beautiful push bunt with the bases loaded that allowed two runs to score when the second-baseman tried to make a bare-handed play.
Johnny Cole added an RBI single later in the inning to cap the scoring for the Fish.
With Harbuck cruising and the Purple Knights forced to go deeper into their bullpen, the Fish would put five more runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
A single from Noland followed by back-to-back hit-by pitches from Taylor Kaprive and Natale loaded the bases followed by a run-scoring wild-pitch to make it 6-0. After a pitching change by Saint Michael’s, Lyon delivered an infield single for an RBI followed by a walk to Luis Mejia, a strikeout, and then a two-run single from Cole to make things 9-0. Matt Civetti would reach on an error later in the inning to bring in another score.
Palm Beach Atlantic (17-9) added two more runs in the seventh inning thanks to an error and a Mejia sacrifice fly while Kaprive put a stamp on the blowout with his first homerun of the season, a two-run shot to left-field in the bottom of the eighth to finalize the 14-0 ballgame.
Kaprive reached base five times on the afternoon while scoring four times as he homered, doubled, walked twice, and was hit by a pitch for a perfect day at the plate.
Noland finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored while Natale, Lyon, Cole, and Civetti each added in two hits. Cole finished with three runs driven in while Natale scored three times out of the leadoff spot.
After a busy couple of weeks taking on teams mostly from the North, the Sailfish will get back into even more important games coming up as they will battle in-region opponents Barry University and Lynn University beginning on Tuesday, March 22nd with a visit to Miami Shores for a 6 pm showdown with the Buccaneers.