Fighting Knights Open Series With 8-4 Win Over Fish
March 25, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LANTANA, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University and Lynn University baseball teams opened up a weekend series on Friday night at the Santaluces Complex in Lantana on Friday night with the Fighting Knights breaking open a tight game in the middle innings to an 8-4 final score. Leading 8-1 entering the ninth inning, the Sailfish would push across three runs but have their rally cut short when a base runner was gunned down at third-base to end the ballgame.
Junior Logan Thomas (1-3) started for the third consecutive Friday evening at the Santaluces Complex and for the third straight start would come away without a victory as he allowed six runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings while allowing 11 hits, walking none, and striking out four batters.
After a quick first three innings that saw Thomas and LU starter Andrew Virgili (5-3) match each scoreless frame, the Knights finally busted through for a run in the fourth inning on a RBI single from Phil Mannelly then add to their lead in the fifth on an Anthony Boza RBI single and a double-play groundout that would score another run.
The Fish (17-11) cut into the Lynn lead in the bottom of the fifth inning as freshman Jordan Carter laced an opposite field single to plate the team’s first run. Despite having runners at second and third-base with no outs, the Fish would be shut down by Virgili as he tallied three strikeouts while working around a walk to keep the Fish with only one run scored in the frame.
Thomas would unfortunately run into trouble once again in the top of the seventh which would eventually end his night as he handed the ball to senior left-hander Graham White. White’s time on the mound would find the Knights collecting two hits that would bring home a total of four runs in the inning to increase their lead to 7-1.
Sophomore left-hander Jonathan Kies tossed the final 2.1 innings of relief while striking out three batters and allowing one earned run and only one hit.
Yogi Gunther started the three-run ninth inning for PBA with a one-out single then saw Johnny Cole walk before a hit by Carter loaded the bases. Taylor Karprive would reach on an error to score Gunther which set up Nick Natale who delivered a sharp single to center-field that plated both Cole and Carter. The rally would end however as Kaprive attempted to go from first to third on Natale’s single only to have LU centerfielder Austin Smith deliver a strike to third-base to end the threat and the game.
Virgili finished with a career-high of ten strikeouts in his seven strong innings of work. He allowed only four hits and one earned run while mixing in two walks.
Carter and right-fielder Matt Civetti each finished 2-for-4 for Palm Beach Atlantic.
Smith was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored to pace LU while Boza, Mannelly, and Kyle Radzewski each contributed two-hit games.
The two teams will reunite on Saturday in Boca Raton as the squads will have a double-header beginning with a first pitch of 12 pm at the McCusker Complex. Both games will be broadcasted on the Sailfish Sports Network.