Late Rally Spoiled as Bucs Turn Tables on Fish
February 23, 2008
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- After plating three runs in the top-half of the ninth inning to tie the score and effectively shift the momentum, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team witnessed Barry University score a run of their own in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a 7-6 victory in game one of Saturday’s double-header at Feinbloom Field.
The Bucs would jump ahead early in the first-game of the double-header as they scored two runs in the first inning followed by another single run in the second off of PBA starting pitcher Owen Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.). Grau would settle down after the shaky start and exited the ballgame after five innings while allowing eight hits and five runs (four earned). A senior right-hander, Grau also tallied three walks and two strikeouts.
Trailing 5-0 after five innings, PBA finally got on the board in the top-half of the sixth as they plated three runs, putting a nice dent into the Buccaneers lead.
The inning was highlighted by a two-run homerun from senior Mark Jarvis and a run-scoring single by catcher Josh Santos which ended the day for BU starting pitcher Andrew Koubek. Reliever Brian Mastin would come on and register the next two innings on the hill for the Bucs and essentially stop the bleeding in terms of scoring.
After Barry added another run in their half of the sixth inning, all scoring would be halted until the ninth when the fireworks once again came through for both teams.
Nick Norley (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) started the ninth inning rally for PBA with a double down the left-field line before second-baseman Mariano Jimenez (Bradenton, Fla.) drew a one-out walk and brought the tying run to the plate in the form of slugger Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.).
Facing Buccaneers righty Josh Holmes, Grau blasted an offering over the fence for the game-tying homerun that scored both Norley and Jimenez.
After retiring the rest of the Sailfish order, Barry had their turn at-bat which unfortunately for the Fish turned out to be the final inning of the ballgame.
Joel Keefe got the rally started for Barry when he reached first-base after striking out and advancing on a passed ball. A fielder’s choice and a walk to Yudelmus Hernandez put runners at first and second before a base-hit from shortstop Mitch Rodriguez sent base-runner Manny Pedrozo racing for home, ending the game in favor of the Bucs.
Brett Richardson took the loss for PBA but once again put forth a solid outing from the PBA bullpen as the freshman right-hander from Orlando, Florida finished the game by tossing 2 2/3 innings and allowing only one hit and one run while striking out three.
Centerfielder Scott Urbanek (Weston, Florida) and Norley each chipped in two hits apiece for PBA in the loss while Barry senior John Servidio cranked out his fourth homerun of the spring for the Bucs.