Cothiere and Company Deal as Sailfish Knock Off the Sharks Again
March 29, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Stuck in an overall team funk that had seen the Palm Beach Atlantic baseball team suffer six losses in their last seven games, the Sailfish received a shot in the arm of sorts from the right arm of junior Jeremiah Cothiere on Tuesday evening as he along with left-handed relievers Kenny Frosch and Alejandro De Moya stymied the hot-hitting Nova Southeastern University Sharks for a 4-2 PBA victory.
Winners of 11 of their last 13 games, the Sharks are now 0-2 against the Sailfish in 2011 after a similar type defeat back on February 9th when PBA knocked off NSU by a 3-2 final score in Davie, Florida. The two teams will square off two more times with each squad hosting another contest.
Cothiere (3-1) shook off a frustrating start that saw the NSU (20-9) offense score a run in the top of the first without the benefit of a hit. Leadoff man Carlos Asuaje drew a leadoff walk, stole second-base, moved to third on a groundout and then came in to score the game’s opening run on a A.J. Regoli sacrifice fly.
The Fish (18-13) would have an answer however as they would tally a run in each of the first four frames to take a 4-1 lead heading into the middle innings.
Luis Mejia singled with one-out in the first inning then moved to third on a long Nick Natale double. Travis Murray would then follow with an RBI groundout as the score moved to 1-1 after one inning of play.
Seemingly taking a collective better approach at the plate than of late, the Sailfish offense manufactured another run in the second on a fielder’s choice RBI when Jorge Chavarria brought home a run with an infield grounder in the second frame.
Natale and Murray began the fourth inning with consecutive singles off NSU starter Mauricio Rodriguez (2-1) then saw Yogi Gunther drive in a run with a grounder that was misplayed for an error in the Shark’s infield. Chavarria drove in the fourth run an inning later with a sharp RBI single to right-field that plated Taylor Kaprive who had doubled earlier in the frame.
NSU head coach Greg Brown would opt to make a move to his bullpen following a hit by Luis Mejia in the bottom of the fourth as he would go with tall right-hander Anthony Nalepa.
After Rodriguez allowed a single run in the first four frames, Nalepa would limit the Fish to only a pair of walks over the next 3.1 innings as he kept his team close and within striking distance.
After the first inning run came around to score, the NSU offense was unable to crack Cothiere again until the top of the fifth inning as Luis Penate came through with an infield single that would score Alex Marrero who drew a leadoff walk.
A one-out double by Dusty Maggs appeared to give the NSU offense another chance at scoring in the top of the sixth inning however Cothiere would strike out the final batter he would face on the evening with a beautiful breaking pitch that set down Ray Navarro to end the sixth inning.
Cothiere finished with seven strikeouts while allowing only four hits and two runs (one earned) as he worked around three walks.
Frosch would follow and pitched the next 1.2 innings while keeping the Sharks scoreless. With runners at first and third with two outs in the eighth, head coach Gary Carter would make the move to De Moya who got Michael Hartley to fly out to end the threat.
De Moya worked around a pair of two-out walks in the ninth to earn his third save of the season and help Cothiere notch his third victory of the season.
Palm Beach Atlantic finished with nine hits on the night including two each by Mejia and Natale while Chavarria drove in two runs.
The Fish will turn around quickly and take on Florida Tech on Wednesday, March 30th with a 2 pm matchup in Melbourne, Florida.