Sailfish Search for Answers in Lopsided Loss to Florida Tech
April 19, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- After a pair of close losses this past Saturday against Florida Southern College, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was unable to reverse the momentum on Tuesday evening as they hosted Florida Tech at Dave Manzo Field. Warm conditions and bright sunshine greeted both teams as Tech pounded the Fish for 14 hits and 13 runs as they took down the Sailfish by a final tally of 13-1.
The Panthers (26-15) perhaps had motivation of their own to offset a tough weekend of their own as they dropped two out of three to Lynn University in Melbourne.
The Florida Tech hitters were patient early on against PBA starting pitcher Graham White (2-3) as they drew three walks to load the bases in the second inning then saw leadoff man Chris Fox connect for a two-run double to move ahead early by a 2-0 score. A K.C. Clabough two-run single would follow to stake FIT starter Tyler Carman to an early 4-0 lead.
After a scoreless third inning White would run into more trouble in the fourth frame as a bunt single by Brock Bontrager began the threat followed by a single from Fox and a walk to Clabough to load the bases. A double-steal took place on the ball four pitch to Clabough with a wild pitch coming from White to allow Bontrager to score.
That would end the night for White who was tagged for seven earned runs despite allowing only four hits in 3.1 innings of work. White was troubled by five free passes while striking out three.
Sophomore lefty Jonathan Kies would relieve White and tally the next four innings of long relief. Although he would strike out five batters Kies would face a similar fate from the FIT offense as they connected for nine hits and five runs (four earned) off Kies before giving way to Aaron Ilharreguy in the eighth inning.
The lone run for Palm Beach Atlantic (23-17) came from a solo homerun from Brooks Fleming in the bottom of the eighth inning, his third of the season.
Carman went eight strong innings on the hill for FIT to earn his third win of the season by allowing seven hits and just the one run while walking one and striking out five.
Luis Mejia continued his good work at the plate with a 2-for-4 night at the plate for PBA including a triple. Jordan Carter also added in a pair of singles in four at-bats.
The Fish will be back to the diamond on Wednesday evening as they will host Webber International University at 6 pm.