Sailfish Baseball Unable to Shake Losing Streak Against Lynn
February 19, 2008
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Despite a solid outing from Sailfish pitcher Buddy Fisher, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team continued their recent slide on Tuesday night with a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Lynn University Fighting Knights.
Making his second appearance of the season, Fisher (0-2) put together one of the more impressive starting pitching performances of the year for the Fish as the junior right-hander tossed six innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs before giving way to the Sailfish bullpen.
Throwing effectively wild during his six innings on the hill, Fisher registered six strikeouts but also issued five base on balls to allow the Knights to remain in the ballgame.
The Sailfish jumped out to an early lead scoring their only run of the contest in their first trip to the plate as senior Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) executed a perfect bunt up the third-baseline before moving to second base on a stolen base and to third on an error by the Knights catcher.
Grau would come around to score on a sharp single by PBA cleanup hitter Tony Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa.) as the slugging first-baseman ripped a single into leftfield to score what would turn out to be the only Sailfish run of the evening.
LU starter Kevin Rickert tallied the win on the evening by going the necessary five innings, allowing eight hits, and striking out four.
An untimely walk with two outs and nobody on would lead to the first LU scoring opportunity of the night as Fisher issued a two-out free pass to first-baseman Joe Arminio in the fourth inning. After a Gabe MacDougall single put Arminio in scoring position, right-fielder Jason Ten Eyck scorched a single off the tip of Sailfish second-baseman Mariano Jimenez’ (Bradenton, Fla.) glove, which brought around the tying run in Arminio.
Rick Davis would then follow up with an RBI single of his own to give Lynn the lead for good.
Both team’s leadoff hitters paced their respective clubs in hits on the evening as Jimenez registered three hits in five at-bats while the Lynn leadoff man, Paddy Matera, also connected for a three for five night at the plate while also chipping in a walk.
Grau and centerfielder Nick Norley (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) each collected a pair of hits for the Fish as PBA drops to 1-11 to start the season.
Freshman utility player Brett Richardson (Orlando, Fla.) finished out the game for PBA in relief and continued his solid work as he posted two scoreless innings while striking out three batters.
PBA will take the rest of the week away from game action as they prepare for their upcoming weekend series as they will be traveling to Miami Shores on Friday, February 22nd for a 6 pm showdown with Barry University. They will follow the Friday night affair with two games on Saturday with the Buccaneers with first pitch scheduled for 1 pm.