Baseball Posts Another Wild Win with ‘Balk-Off' Victory in 14 Innings Over Mocs
April 15, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LAKELAND, Fla.- For the second time this week the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team tallied an improbable victory over a nationally-ranked opponent that calls the Sunshine State Conference home. After coming from ten runs down to defeat No. 10 ranked Barry University on Tuesday, the Sailfish knocked off No. 14 ranked Florida Southern College on Friday night by a score of 9-8 on a balk that plated Ethan Perla for the wild and crazy win at Henley Field.
With both head coaches forced to use a mix-and-match system throughout the evening of matching relievers along with various substitutions, it took 14 innings to decide the opener between the two ball clubs with two more games on the slate for Saturday afternoon at Henley Field.
A total of 10 different pitchers were used by the two teams on Friday night with two PBA relief pitchers forced to take their first at-bats of the season. Alejandro De Moya (5-1) tallied his team-leading fifth win of the season by going the final 2.2 innings of work while allowing no runs on three hits and striking out five batters.
With both managers hoping to push across a go-ahead run, FSC skipper Pete Meyer pinch-ran for slugger Mike Snyder in the bottom of the 13th inning only to see his star infielder’s spot come up again in the lineup in the 14th with two on and two out. Instead of Snyder strolling to the plate, reserve freshman infielder Jimmy Correnti was scheduled to hit as he ended the game by grounding out to first-base.
Nathan Carter (0-1) took the loss for Florida Southern (24-9) as he was called for the balk in the top of the fourteenth inning with Perla on third-base and Travis Murray at the plate.
A seven run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning appeared to possibly put the Sailfish away as FSC took an 8-3 lead but if Tuesday evening versus Barry proved anything it was that the Fish are more than comfortable at coming from behind.
The game would have never gone an extra four innings had it not been for the ninth inning heroics of Sailfish freshman shortstop Jorge Chavarria.
Squaring off against FSC closer Jake Guengerich who entered play with a 4-1 record and three saves, Perla would reach via a two-out walk after back-to-back outs retired by Guengerich left the Fish with nobody on and two out. Perla then quickly stole second-base that setup up Chavarria’s game-tying single to move PBA in a tie with FSC by an 8-8 score.
After their seven-run outburst allowed a five-run lead for the Moccasins in the middle innings against PBA starting pitcher Logan Thomas, the Sailfish bullpen would tally 10 straight innings of scoreless baseball.
The comeback began in the top of the fifth as PBA plated two runs on a two-run double from freshman Brooks Fleming to move closer at 8-5. The Fish were aided by two more runs in the top of the seventh inning when Taylor Kaprive lined an RBI single followed by Jordan Carter coming in to score on a wild-pitch.
Thomas lasted 3.2 innings while allowing eight runs (four earned) on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Christian Wonders shook off his rough start on Tuesday against the Bucs with two scoreless on Friday night versus the Mocs before sophomore left-hander Jonathan Kies gave the Fish a big shot in the arm with 3.1 innings of shutout ball with only three hits allowed and five strikeouts.
Up next came 2.1 innings of work from freshman Byron Skinner that including a trio of strikeouts followed by De Moya’s late inning work down the stretch.
Guengerich ended up tossing five innings in relief for FSC with an impressive nine strikeouts and only one hit allowed.
Johnny Cole led all Sailfish hitters with three hits in five at-bats with a pair of runs scored. Carter and Fleming both finished 2-for-6 as starting freshman outfielders while Kaprive and Chavarria both finished with a pair of hits.
Tyler Benzel finished 4-for-7 to lead the way for the Moccasins who had won 14 of their past 17 ballgames.
The two squads will square off at 1 pm on Saturday afternoon at Henley Field.