Sailfish Baseball Stumbles at Home Versus Webber International
April 20, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- After pounding out 32 hits and 25 runs in their three-game series at Florida Southern College this past weekend, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team’s bats have gone quiet. The Sailfish dropped a disappointing 13-1 decision on Tuesday night at home versus Florida Tech then could never quite get a big inning going on Wednesday as they fell 4-1 to Webber International University for the team’s fourth straight loss.
The Sailfish (23-18) were victorious versus Webber International (28-22) in their previous two outings including a win earlier in the season versus the Warriors at Dave Manzo where the Fish posted 17 runs in a slugfest victory by a count of 17-10. They would win a closer ballgame in Babson Park a few weeks ago by a 7-5 final score.
A rough first inning put PBA starter Christian Wonders (1-3) in a hole early as the freshman right-hander allowed three runs on five hits in the first frame that put the Blue and White down early.
Facing a mixed bag of pitching options throughout the night, the Sailfish offense could never quite get in a rhythm as they faced off against seven different WIU hurlers with no one pitcher throwing more than two innings.
After his shaky start, Wonders settled in nicely against the Warriors attack as he finished by allowing seven hits and four runs with two walks and a strikeout over seven innings. Fellow freshman right-hander Byron Skinner pitched a solid two innings in relief as he scattered three hits and didn’t allow a run.
Palm Beach Atlantic managed only six hits as a team with Matt Civetti collecting the lone multi-hit night with a pair of singles in four trips to the plate.
Read Brown earned the start behind the plate and finished 1-for-2 along with a walk.
The Fish will now shift their focus to an important upcoming weekend slate of action as they will take on Nova Southeastern in a trio of games beginning Friday, April 22nd in Davie, Florida at 6 pm and then a double-header on Saturday, April 23rd back at Dave Manzo Field beginning at 1 pm.