Baseball Settles for Saturday Split with Flagler College Saints
February 11, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
JUPITER, Fla.- After Friday’s series opener was washed out due to heavy rain fall, the Palm Beach Atlantic University and Flagler College baseball teams got together for a breezy but beautiful Saturday afternoon of action at the Roger Dean Complex. After a masterful complete game effort by senior right-hander Logan Thomas led the Sailfish to a 6-1 win in the opener, the Saints turned around and claimed a series split by holding off a late PBA rally in earning a 4-3 win in game two.
The double-header split leaves Palm Beach Atlantic with a 4-2 record while Flagler sits at 3-3 in the early going of the 2012 season.
Thomas (1-0) was simply dazzling on Saturday, allowing only a solo homerun in the ninth inning as he tallied his first complete game of the season while narrowly missing out on a shutout effort.
He would finish with five strikeouts while allowing only five hits as the Melbourne, Florida native gave his team and bullpen a shot in the arm with a nine inning pitching effort.
The Sailfish would put together the game’s first rally in a scoreless game in the bottom of the third inning when a leadoff infield single by Ethan Perla was backed up by a walk to Matt Perkowski. A walk to Luis Mejia would later follow and then two-run single by Travis Murray.
Mejia would then attempt a steal of third base later in the frame as a wild throw by the Flagler catcher allowed him to trot home for a 3-0 Sailfish lead.
The Fish added a single run in the fourth on a RBI groundout from Perkwoski while two more insurance runs came in to score in the sixth, first on an Ethan Perla fielder’s choice and another on a Cody Higgins sacrifice fly.
Thomas armor would be slightly dented in the ninth as FC catcher Kyle Foti launched a solo homerun to break up the shutout bid.
PBA finished with 11 hits in the game including a 3-for-3 performance by first-baseman Johnny Cole and a 2-for-4 game by Murray and Perla.
Flagler’s Jonathan Armold (1-1) took the loss by going four innings while allowing five hits and four runs.
Freshman reliever Danny Brown was solid in relief for the Saints as he tossed four innings while allowing two earned runs.
Sending T.J. Harbuck to the mound for game two, the Sailfish and associate head coach Kent Bottenfield were hoping for a repeat performance of last week’s efforts that saw the Ormond Beach, Florida native go a strong 6.1 innings of work in a 4-0 Sailfish win.
Although Harbuck wouldn’t have quite the same stuff as last week’s efforts against Warner University, he did pitch admirably as he exited Saturday’s game by allowing three runs (one earned) and seven hits over five innings of work.
Flagler pushed across single runs in the second, third, and fifth innings. Jay Laurienzo delivered a run-scoring double in the second inning to push across the first run for Flagler followed by another run coming in to score in the Saints third inning on a PBA error.
The Saints increased their lead to 3-0 when another PBA error in the fifth inning allowed Foti to come around to score.
Following a scoreless inning of work by PBA reliever Nic Kovacs, the offense would look to get on track for Palm Beach Atlantic.
After starter Micah Kellogg had fooled the PBA hitters to the tune of just two hits through five innings, the Sailfish bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth as they received a big one-out, two-run double from Luis Mejia to cut the lead to 3-2 while Murray added in a groundout to score Mejia one batter later for the 3-3 tie.
The Fish opted to insert closer Alejandro De Moya in the tie game only to see the Saints push across the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh that began with a leadoff walk. Nate Fudala drew the free pass and came in to score a few batters later when Foti singled through the left-side.
The Fish would put two runners on in the bottom the seventh however FC closer Max Rusch would close the door by retiring Perkowksi on a liner to right to end the game.
Rusch improves to 1-0 on the season while De Moya drops to 1-1.
Flagler’s Brett Moreland finished 3-for-4 in game two to lead the Saints nine-hit effort while PBA registered six total hits including one each by six different players. Mejia had two runs driven in.
Kellogg was solid for the Saints before being relieved in the sixth as he went 5.1 innings while allowing only five hits and three runs. He walked none and struck out five batters.
The Sailfish return to action on Tuesday, February 14th when they will battle Northwood University at 2:30 pm in West Palm Beach. The game will take place at Northwood however Palm Beach Atlantic will be the home team.