Sailfish Baseball Unable to Slow Down Barry Buccaneers
February 22, 2008
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- Winning consistently in the game of baseball often times takes a solid offense, efficient defense, and a strong overall pitching staff. During their recent skid, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team always seemingly puts together one good area in each game but is unable to put a solid showing together in all three areas. That trend continued on Friday night as the Sailfish offense pounded out 10 hits and seven runs but witnessed the Bucs score 11 runs to earn the victory.
Opening up their second weekend series of the early season with the Bucs, the 11-7 loss brings PBA’s record to 1-12 while the Fish have dropped their past 10 games in a row.
Things once again started off well for PBA as they pushed across a first inning run as senior Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) came around to score the game’s first run after reaching on a single and scoring on a dropped flyball with two-outs by the Bucs center-fielder.
That lead would be short-lived however as Sailfish starter Issac Hicks (St. Louis, Mo.) allowed the Bucs to even the score with a first-inning run of their own. BU would tally four more runs in the third inning and three additional scores in the fourth inning, effectively ending Hick’s day on the mound.
Freshman Peter Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) would be next atop the hill for PBA and he would be greeted with an inning that included three runs (two earned) while walking two and striking out one.
Relievers Trevor Scribner (San Jose, Calif.) and Brett Hamman (Gaithersburg, Md.) faired much better than their predecessors as the two combined to shut out the Bucs in the final three innings to keep the Fish in the game.
After scoring two runs in the fourth and one run in the sixth inning, the Sailfish offense went back to work in the latter innings to get the Fish within striking distance.
Shortstop Billy Falconio (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) connected for his second homerun of the season, both of which came off the Barry pitching staff, in the seventh inning to draw the visitors closer.
An RBI double from sophomore Tony Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa.) scored pinch-runner Scott Urbanek (Weston, Fla.) in the eighth to draw the Sailfish within four runs but that would be as close they would get as the Buccaneers shut down PBA in order in the ninth to earn the victory.
Now 7-5, the Bucs and Fish will return to Feinbloom Field on Saturday afternoon for a double-header with first-pitch scheduled for 1 pm.