Long Day at the Yard Concludes with 16-6 Sailfish Win Over Northwood
February 14, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team took time out from their regular NCAA Division II schedule to battle cross-town rival Northwood University (NAIA) on Tuesday afternoon at Arthur Silvester Jr. Field. After a slow start, the Sailfish offense proved patient and effective as they turned a 1-0 deficit entering the fourth inning into a 16-6 rout of the Seahawks.
The Sailfish (5-2) would load the bases in the first inning and come away scoreless despite base runners in each of their first three innings. The runs would come however when the Fish put home six runs in the fourth followed eight more scores in the fifth to break the game open. Two more runs in the sixth would put the game out of reach.
Palm Beach Atlantic took advantage of an erratic overall performance by the Northwood (2-4) pitching staff as the Fish walked a total of 14 times in the nine inning game. They would also finish with a season-high 16 hits as a total 16 players saw at-bats in the game.
Junior right-hander Nic Kovacs (2-0) shook off a shaky start as he allowed a run in the first inning before settling down for a solid five inning outing. The Lake Sumter Community College transfer allowed eight hits and three runs in five innings while striking out six and walking only one.
Relievers Kenny Frosch, Andres Lopez, and Jonathan Kies each pitched in relief with lefties Frosch and Kies going each a scoreless frame.
The Seahawks countered with Christopher Buddee who held the Fish scoreless through three innings despite allowing six walks. Once into the NU bullpen is where the Fish would find their success.
Freshman Matt Wisniewski started the big fourth inning rally for PBA with a leadoff single before advancing on an error. A hit-by-pitch of Cody Higgins set the stage for a game-tying infield single by Ethan Perla before a wild pitch brought in Higgins for the go-ahead run.
A run-scoring single by Nick Natale would also be a part of the big inning before five NU errors in the frame contributed to the bulk of the scoring for PBA.
A Matt Perkowski triple started the eight-run fifth frame for PBA as he trotted home a batter later on a Natale RBI single. Brooks Fleming added a run-scoring double before a pinch-hit double by Justin Sizemore plated two more runs. Perla chipped in with a sacrifice fly in the inning that set the stage for a second triple of the inning by Perkowksi.
Luis Mejia added a scoring single as well in the big fifth inning.
Perkowski finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and three runs scored in the ballgame. Natale and Fleming each produced multi-hit games while Mejia was 1-for-2 with three walks.
Thirteen Palm Beach Atlantic players registered at least one hit in the game.
The Fish will have off the next week until their next game action as they will welcome in Florida Memorial University at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 21st to be played at Palm Beach Gardens High School.