PBA Baseball Splits Afternoon Double-Header at Florida Tech
April 27, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MELBOURNE, Fla.- After multiple rainouts have caused Palm Beach Atlantic and Florida Tech to miss out on some key regional contests over the past month, the two teams finally found some dry skies on Wednesday afternoon at Seminick-Les Hall Field as the teams ended up splitting a pair of tight contests, 3-2 in each game. Game one was a suspended game from a washout on March 30th that began today in the third inning while both games were scheduled as seven inning contests.
The Wednesday split proved to lead to a season split between the two NCAA South Region rivals with each splitting on their home fields in four games.
Starting up with two outs in the bottom of the third inning from the suspended contest, the Sailfish opted to go with freshman right-hander Byron Skinner as a relief option while FIT sent out ace Jonathan Corneilius (7-1) with hopes of pushing across a run and taking the victory.
Both pitchers each put up zeroes until the bottom of the seventh inning when Ryan McChesney ripped a game-winner down the right-field line that just escaped the diving attempt by PBA’s Matt Civetti as it plated K.C. Clabough who led off the inning with a single.
Corneilius was superb in his four innings of work as he did not allow a hit and struck out eight batters. Skinner took the tough luck loss while proving solid with 3.1 innings of relief while allowing just three hits and one run while walking three and striking out four.
Dating back to its original date of play, the Fish pushed across a run in the first inning on a Jorge Chavarria double who then came in to score later in the frame on a Luis Mejia groundout.
Florida Tech would post two runs in their half of the first on a McChesney sacrifice fly and a double by Jose Vasquez to move in front 2-1.
Palm Beach Atlantic tied the game an inning later as Jonny Cole doubled and then came in with two outs on another Chavarria double.
Things remained tied at two until the walk-off hit by McChesney in the seventh inning.
Chavarria finished 2-for-4 in game one while Civetti added in a 2-for-2 showing as well with a walk. Clabough added a 3-for-3 combined effort with a pair of runs scored including the game winner.
Game two featured Christian Wonders (2-3) for PBA versus FIT hurler Randall Thompson (8-5) while both teams would go to their bullpens down the stretch.
Wonders was terrific with no walks and four strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work as he limited the Panthers to only five hits and two earned runs.
Thompson gave up seven hits and three runs while striking out five over five innings of time on the mound.
Florida Tech struck first in game two with a run-scoring groundout from Josh Hinkle.
It wasn’t until inning number three that the Fish would draw even as Civetti launched a leadoff homer to left-field, his sixth round-tripper of the season.
PBA pushed ahead for good in the fifth when Justin Sizemore singled then a Civetti sacrafice moved him up to second base. Yet another Chavarria double would drive home Sizemore followed by a Taylor Kaprive RBI single to push PBA on top 3-1.
Florida Tech would draw closer with a run in the fifth inning on a John Fouschet RBI single but they would get no closer as Kenny Frosch closed out the game with a solid seventh inning to post his first save of the season.
PBA will now prepare for a weekend trip to the University of Tampa where they will battle the Spartans beginning at 6 pm on Friday night then a double-header on Saturday. All three games will be broadcasted on the Sailfish Sports Network.