Recent Slide Continues with Lynn Sweeping Double-Header Over Fish
March 26, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
BOCA RATON, Fla.- After matching their season win total from all of last season with a win last Saturday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team has had a rough go of it the past week as they try to eclipse that mark. The Sailfish dropped their third and fourth games of the week on Saturday afternoon on a very warm March day at the McCusker Sportsplex with 7-6 and 6-0 losses to Lynn University.
The Fighting Knights have now swept the season series after winning on opening day at Roger Dean Stadium and taking Friday night’s contest at the Santaluces Complex to open the weekend series. PBA took three of four against the Fighting Knights last season.
The Saturday opener featured a back-and-forth type of contest as the Knights (16-13) jumped out to an early three run lead in the bottom of the first thanks to an RBI double from first-baseman Anthony Boza and two more runs coming in on a groundout and a sacrifice fly.
Those runs came off PBA starter T.J. Harbuck who would then shake off the tough start and silence the LU bats over the next five frames as he would exit after six innings of work having allowed only the three first inning runs, five hits, three walks, and three strikeouts.
Jason Beaumont would also pitch well on the warm afternoon as he went seven strong innings.
Beaumont would keep the PBA lineup from tallying a run until the top of the fourth inning when junior Nick Natale crushed a 1-2 offering from Beaumont over the left-field fence for a three-run homerun, Natale’s second of the spring which tied the contest at 3-3.
Beaumont would exit after the seventh inning with a no-decision as he allowed six hits and three runs while walking one and striking out six batters.
Shawn Kale would begin the eighth inning in relief for LU as the Fish took a temporary 6-3 lead as Justin Sizemore began the rally by reaching on an error followed by a single from Luis Mejia. A go-ahead single from Travis Murray would plate Sizemore followed later in the inning by a two-out, two-run single from Johnny Cole to give the Fish their three-run advantage.
After a scoreless inning from lefty reliever Kenny Frosch, the Sailfish opted for another left-hander in Alejandro De Moya (3-1) who has been spectacular out of the Fish pen all season long.
Saturday would unfortunately bring different results for the Dominican native as he was greeted by the LU offense in the bottom of the eighth with four runs on four hits along with a walk and a hits-batsman.
Lynn got a their biggest hit in the inning from pinch-hitter Wes Soto who smacked a triple down the right-field line that just escaped a diving effort from PBA right-fielder Matt Civetti. Kyle Radzewski would add the game-winner in the form of a RBI single past a drawn-in PBA infield to push ahead 7-6.
Kale (3-0) returned for the ninth inning and despite running into trouble with two-on and two-out, he was bailed out of sorts by his catcher Dane Derstine who alertly picked off Natale at first-base to end the game.
Natale finished with two hits and three runs batted in while adding in a walk while Mejia and freshman Jordan Carter each finished with a pair of hits.
Smith continued his rampage on Sailfish pitching with a 3-for-4 day at the top of the order for LU while Boza and Radzewski each provided two hits in the win.
Game two featured freshman hurler Christian Wonders on the hill for PBA as he drew his first weekend start of the season.
Much like game one, the early innings saw the bats quiet for both teams as LU managed only a second-inning run while LU right-hander Kyle Wolfe (2-3) breezed through the Sailfish order.
Leading only 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lynn offense finally broke through against Wonders as they put up five runs versus the Sailfish right-hander as his day finished without recording an out in the fifth frame.
Boza provided the big hit in the inning with a two-run double.
Wolfe went the distance in the seven inning contest by allowing only four hits and not walking a batter while striking out six.
Jorge Chavarria finished 2-fo-3 in the game two loss while Mejia and freshman Read Brown each collected the other hits for PBA.
Palm Beach Atlantic (17-14) will now turn their focus to a pair of games during the mid-week next week as they will host Nova Southeastern University on Tuesday, March 29th at 6 pm at Dave Manzo Field then travel to Florida Tech on Wednesday, March 30th.