Barry University Secures Win Over PBA on Senior Night

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

Graham White (Pictured) Made His Final Home Appearance in a Sailfish Uniform with an Effective 5.2 Innings of Solid Work on Tuesday Night Against Barry University. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Graham White (Pictured) Made His Final Home Appearance in a Sailfish Uniform with an Effective 5.2 Innings of Solid Work on Tuesday Night Against Barry University. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team wrapped up their home portion of the 2011 season schedule on Tuesday evening by beginning what should be a busy week of baseball action for the Sailfish by hosting Barry University. Hoping to even the season series at 2-2 after defeating the nationally-ranked Bucs a few weeks ago at Dave Manzo Field, the Fish would not have enough on this night as the No. 18 ranked Buccaneers prevailed 6-3 on a warm night at the ballpark.

Before the contest the Sailfish honored seniors Chad Volbert and Graham White for their time wearing a Sailfish uniform before taking the field on a blustery night at Manzo.

The Bucs (32-15) would send their closer to the hill for a start against the Fish as Tyler King took on the Sailfish (24-21) for the second time this season in hopes for a better outcome than the come-from-behind 15-14 on the Fish handed the Bucs a few weeks ago.

King responded with seven strong innings as the right-hander worked around allowing 10 hits as he handed the ball off to a pair of BU relievers as T.J. Mullins and Jordan Wellander closed the door on the victory with a scoreless inning each as Wellander managed his first save of the season.

The Sailfish would send left-hander Jonathan Kies to the mound as they begin the first of six games this week including a double-header on Wednesday at Florida Tech. Kies would allow only four hits but would walk six batters as he was removed after 3.1 innings of work.

White would be called on to relieve Kies and the senior shined as he tossed 5.1 innings of solid relief, working around a bit of wildness himself with four walks but he allowed only three hits and one run over 5.2 innings of work.

The Bucs began the scoring on the night in the top of the second inning as catcher Chris Leon blasted his third homerun of the season and second against the Sailfish after a walk to Manny Pedrozo.

Barry added to their lead in the third inning on a RBI single from Lyndon Coleman as the visitors from Miami Shores led 3-0.

The Sailfish would get on the board in the bottom of the inning as Travis Murray supplied a RBI single and Yogi Gunther would then follow with a run-scoring triple to deep centerfield as PBA trailed only 3-2.

The Bucs would officially end Kies night on the mound in the fourth as Drew Dwelly provided a two-run homerun that put the Bucs up 5-2.

The Sailfish would score once more on a Nick Natale fielder’s choice that plated Ethan Perla but the effective work of King combined with the work of BU’s two righty relievers put to end any hopes of a PBA rally late.

One major positive on the night came in keeping BU slugger Dean Green quiet with the bat as his 21-game hitting streak would end as he finished 0-for-4 with a walk. Green has hit over .570 during his impressive streak as he leads the squad with 18 homers and 70 runs batted in as a senior-transfer from Oklahoma State University.

Palm Beach Atlantic outhit Barry by a 10-7 count as Jorge Chavarria led the way with a 3-for-5 showing with a run scored. Mejia and Murray were joined by Gunther in the middle of the order with two hits each while Johnny Cole finished with a pair of walks.

PBA will take on Florida Tech on Wednesday in Melbourne as the two teams will resume a game that was cut short due to rain and then play another seven inning game as a makeup contest. First-pitch is scheduled for 1 pm.

 

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