Spartans Pull Off Saturday Sweep of Sailfish in Sunny Tampa
April 30, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
TAMPA, Fla.- After a solid all-around win on Friday night over No. 12 ranked University of Tampa, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team stumbled on Saturday afternoon against the hot-hitting Spartans as UT produced 15-3 and 12-2 victories at the UT Baseball Field. Neither Sailfish starting pitcher would make it through three innings as the Spartans claimed their 31st and 32nd wins of the season.
The two losses for Palm Beach Atlantic drops their season record to 26-24 as they have now wrapped up regular season play. They will now make their plans to host the NCCAA South Regional Tournament on May 10-11 in Jupiter, Florida at the Roger Dean Complex.
Entering play with a team batting average near the .340 mark, the Spartans (32-15) proved their worth in Saturday’s sweep as they produced a total of 33 hits and 27 runs as they improve to 7-2 all-time versus PBA.
PBA junior Jeremiah Cothiere (4-2) would not make it out of the second inning in game one as he was tagged for seven runs on six hits in his 1.1 innings of work. Christian Wonders would follow out of the bullpen with 2.2 innings of work while allowing six hits and three runs.
Jonathan Kies and Chad Volbert closed out the nine inning contest in relief.
Trailing 15-0 entering the ninth inning, PBA showed some life with three runs including five hits against UT reliever Shane Riedie.
Ryan Kennedy (3-0) went five innings for the win as he allowed only two hits and no runs while striking out for batters.
Damon Elder finished 4-for-5 in game one with three runs batted in and two runs scored. Tyler Ding finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
Game two featured a scoreless first inning from PBA starter T.J. Harbuck but a six-run third inning would send the right-hander to the showers as UT managed six runs on five hits to jump out to a 7-1 lead.
UT added three more runs in the fourth inning including a two-run homerun from Trace Venegas to put the game out of reach.
Graham White tallied three innings of relief for PBA while finishing with seven hits and three runs allowed. Byron Skinner went the final inning and allowed two runs.
UT sent right-hander Aaron Gerbasi to the mound for the starting assignment with three innings of work while allowing three hits and one earned run with four punchouts.
Luis Mejia finished with three hits in the game two loss.
Daniel Foltz worked two innings while also allowing three hits and one runs (unearned).