Sailfish Lace Up Their Hitting Shoes as PBA Blasts Saint Leo on the Diamond

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

Brooks Fleming (Pictured) Returned to the Starting Lineup on Wednesday Evening After Missing Nearly a Month Due to Injury and Came Through with a 3-for-4 Night Including Four Runs Batted in. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Brooks Fleming (Pictured) Returned to the Starting Lineup on Wednesday Evening After Missing Nearly a Month Due to Injury and Came Through with a 3-for-4 Night Including Four Runs Batted in. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- After not playing for over a week due to a pair of rainouts at Florida Tech, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team showed very little rust on Wednesday evening at Dave Manzo Field as they collectively pounded out 19 hits on their way to defeating Saint Leo University by a 14-3 final score. Every Sailfish starter had a hit in the ballgame with Luis Mejia, Brooks Fleming, and Taylor Kaprive leading the way with three hits each.

Leading 7-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, the Sailfish (19-13) put the contest away for good with a seven-run frame as the team batted around against a pair of Saint Leo (10-22) hurlers.

Junior right-hander Jeremiah Cothiere tallied his staff-leading fourth victory of the season as the Boynton Beach native went seven strong innings while scattering five hits and four walks along with five strikeouts. Christian Wonders and Aaron Ilharreguy each picked up an inning of relief work.

The Lions jumped ahead of the Sailfish in the top of the first inning as Ryan Brnovich took advantage of a leadoff walk from Cothiere then eventually came around to score on a Blake Turner RBI single.

The Sailfish managed to gain the lead in the bottom of the second inning as they tallied four runs, all with two outs. After consecutive strikeouts began the inning, junior Matt Civetti drew the first of his three walks on the night then saw freshman teammate Jordan Carter lace a single up the middle.

A run-scoring single from Fleming would follow as the Sailfish left-fielder played in his first game since March 8th against Wilmington University when he and teammate Ethan Perla would collide head-on in the outfield that has sidelined both players for the past month.

Following Fleming’s base-knock came a double from Taylor Kaprive who drove home Carter then another run-scoring single from Jorge Chavarria. Mejia closed out the scoring in the inning with a single to right-field that plated Kaprive to go up 4-1.

  After an unearned run came home in the bottom of the third inning for PBA, the Fish would end the night of SLU starter Rick Teasley (2-3) in the bottom of the fourth as he allowed consecutive hits to Fleming and Kaprive that signaled the end of the night for the Lion’s lefty.

A two-run single from Chavarria would greet reliever Adam Albers to move ahead 7-1 as the Fish were in firm control through the middle innings.

The big eighth inning for the PBA offense was highlighted by a two-run single from Yogi Gunther and a bases-clearing double from Fleming that saw Matt Civetti, Johnny Cole, and Travis Murray all come in to score. Kaprive added in a RBI double to cap the PBA scoring.

Kaprive finished his night with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate including three doubles while scoring three runs and driving in two more.

Mejia and Fleming both finished 3-for-5 with Fleming driving in four runs in a heroic return to the starting lineup.

Chavarria was joined in the two-hit category by Gunther, Cole, and Carter while Civetti finished 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored and three walks.

Saint Leo was led by first-baseman Anthony Santa who had a 2-for-4 night as the Lions finished with seven total hits.

Palm Beach Atlantic will now prepare for a weekend trip to Lake Wales, Florida where they will take on Warner University in a pair of games, one on Friday afternoon and another on Saturday afternoon. They will also battle Edward Waters on Saturday afternoon in a neutral site contest.

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