Sailfish Baseball Reaches the 20-Win Plateau with Friday Victory Over Warner

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

Johnny Cole (Pictured) Blasted His Second Homer of the Spring While Finishing 4-for-5 Versus Warner on Friday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Johnny Cole (Pictured) Blasted His Second Homer of the Spring While Finishing 4-for-5 Versus Warner on Friday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

LAKE WALES, Fla.- Tied at 4-4 entering the top of the eighth inning versus Warner University on Friday afternoon, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team erupted for five funs then held on late for a 9-7 weekend opening victory over the Royals. The victory was the 20th of the season for the Sailfish who now stand at 20-13 with two games on Saturday to be played in Lake Wales.

Junior Logan Thomas (2-3) did not throw his best game of the season but he did enough to earn his first victory in just shy of two months as the Sailfish ace right-hander has been plagued by a lack of run-support and pure bad luck throughout the season.

Thomas went seven strong innings while allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned) while walking two and striking out three batters.

The Fish jumped ahead of the Royals (22-18-1) early with a run in the first inning and two more runs in the second inning while Thomas put up a zero against the WU offense through three innings.

Travis Murray delivered a run-scoring single in the first inning to get the Fish on the board while freshman Johnny Cole started the second inning with a solo homerun, his second of the season. An RBI single from Taylor Kaprive would follow later in the inning as Ethan Perla came in to score, a welcome sight for Sailfish fans as he has returned to the lineup after missing the past month due to an injury.

The Royals would begin to fight back after the early 3-0 deficit with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth inning, and another in the bottom of the sixth to take a temporary 4-3 lead.

The Sailfish would tie the score at 4-4 in the top of the seventh on a Yogi Gunther solo shot before opening up their five-run eighth.

A one-out double by Perla began the threat followed by a run-scoring double from Kaprive to push across the go-ahead run. A walk to Jorge Chavarria would then follow and then a run-scoring single from Luis Mejia. After a pitching change and a walk to Gunther loaded the bases, Murray stepped in and connected for a sacrifice fly to plate Chavarria to move ahead 7-4.

Cole capped the inning with his fourth hit of the day, a RBI single that scored Gunther on an over-throw.

The Royals would make a comeback effort in the bottom of the eighth inning as they were able to get to senior left-hander Graham White after two were out and nobody was on.

A catcher’s interference, a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, and a PBA fielding error all were involved in the odd inning for the Sailfish defense.

Lefty Alejandro De Moya entered to put out the fire and recorded an inning-ending strikeout then followed that up with a solid ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.

Cole led all PBA hitters on the night as he finished 4-for-5 including a homerun and two runs driven in.

Mejia was joined by Murray, Perla, and Kaprive who all registered two hits each. Perla scored twice and added a stolen base in his return to the lineup.

The Sailfish will take on Warner again on Saturday afternoon for a 12 pm first-pitch and then turnaround and take on Edward Waters University at approximately 3 pm at the Warner campus.

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