Baseball Earns Saturday Split to Take Season Series Over Nova Southeastern
April 23, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team wrapped up a busy week of action on the diamond on Saturday afternoon at Dave Manzo Field by splitting a double-header with Nova Southeastern University on a beautiful afternoon for our national pastime. Much like Friday night’s series opener in Davie that saw back-and-forth action, Saturday’s opener was much the same as PBA prevailed this time 7-6 before the Sharks won in a rout in game two by a 10-0 score.
The Sharks (29-14) finished with the weekend series victory with two wins in three tries against the Sailfish but Palm Beach Atlantic (24-20) still ended up with the season series victory after taking two contests earlier in the season for a 3-2 record against the Sharks in 2011.
Jeremiah Cothiere combined with left-handers Graham White and Alejandro De Moya on the game one victory as the trio allowed the PBA offense to fight back after falling down 4-0 after two innings in the opener.
NSU slugger Andrew Durden launched a two-run homer in the top of the first off Cothiere while a two-run single from A.J. Regoli plated two more in the second inning to stake Sharks right-hander Nick Avila to an early lead.
Things would remain 4-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning as PBA took advantage of some clutch two out hitting. Jordan Carter began the inning with a leadoff single but was still standing at first-base after the next two hitters were retired. Ethan Perla kept the inning alive with a single through the left-side that set the stage for a run-scoring double by Jorge Chavarria, his team-high 13th two-bagger of the season. Brooks Fleming then followed with a double of his own just inside the right-field line as both Perla and Chavarria came around to score.
After another scoreless inning was posted by PBA in the top of the sixth inning with some relief help from White who retired the only man he faced on one pitch, the Fish went back to work in the bottom of the frame.
Travis Murray and Yogi Gunther both singled then were moved ahead on a sac bunt by Carter. A two-out single by Johnny Cole would bring home both runners as PBA moved on top 5-4.
The Sharks would not be quiet for long however in the seventh as a long-fly ball from Carlos Asuaje was dropped on an over-the-shoulder attempt by PBA right-fielder Matt Civetti that brought home the game-tying and go-ahead runs as NSU moved on top 6-5.
NSU reliever Torey Ekey would enter in the bottom of the inning and surrender the game-tying run on a sac-fly RBI from Gunther that plated Murray.
The Sailfish would push across the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when Chavarria came through with another two-out RBI with a single to plate Cole who had singled earlier in the frame.
Not without some ninth inning drama, De Moya got Blake Boyd to ground into a game-ending double-play as Chavarria flipped to Gunther covering second-base for a 6-4-3 double-play.
White (3-3) earned the victory as he posted 2.1 innings of solid relief by allowing only one hit and two runs (zero earned) with two walks and two strikeouts. De Moya posted his fifth save with the scoreless ninth.
Cothiere rebounded from the rough start to give an effective 5.2 innings with four runs allowed (two earned) on eight hits with two walks and six punchouts.
Ekey earned the win on Friday night but the loss on Saturday as he gave up three hits and two runs (one earned) in his two innings of work.
PBA collected 13 hits with Cole leading all hitters with a 3-for-4 showing while Chavarria, Mejia, and Murray each managed two hits each.
After two close ballgames to begin the series, it would be closed out in dominating fashion by the Sharks on both sides of the ball as Sean Tighe (5-5) went the distance on the mound including a career-high 11 strikeouts while the NSU offense pounded out 15 hits and 10 runs for the 10-0 win.
Tighe was phenomenal from the on-set and worked around three walks while allowing only three hits over his seven innings of time on the mound.
The top-of-the-order for NSU was spectacular with Asuaje and Luis Penate each registering three hits with Penate driving in four runs including a double. Durden finished 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles while Regoli and Dusty Maggs each managed two hits with both scoring two runs.
T.J. Harbuck (3-3) took the loss for Palm Beach Atlantic as he allowed eight hits and six runs in four innings while walking five and striking out four batters. Kenny Frosch was also uncharacteristically hit hard as he finished with one inning of work, allowing three hits and two runs (one earned).
Aaron Ilharreguy posted his second consecutive scoreless outing while Chad Volbert also threw an inning of relief.
Fleming posted two of PBA’s three hits with two singles.
The Fish will now prepare for the final week of the regular season which will be a busy one as they will battle Barry University on Tuesday, April 26th at home beginning at 6 pm and then a makeup double-header at Florida Tech on Wednesday, April 27th. They will then hit the road for their final road series of the regular season at the University of Tampa next weekend.
Tuesday will be Senior Night for the PBA baseball team as the squad will honor its two seniors, Graham White and Chad Volbert, with a pregame ceremony.