Sailfish Unload Offensively in Blowout of Florida Memorial
February 21, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- It wouldn’t take long on Tuesday evening for the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team to get a run on the board as leadoff man Matt Perkowski lifted a solo homerun to put the Fish on top early of Florida Memorial University at Palm Beach Gardens High School. Perkowski’s blast was the first of four runs scored in the first inning and 13 runs total as the Fish routed the Lions by a final score of 13-1.
The evening began with a pregame momentum of silence in honor of former PBA head baseball coach Gary Carter while the team also honored their former skipper by playing the first pitch with only eight position players, a tribute to his jersey number of eight. The team also debuted patches on their left sleeve in honor of their fallen coach who passed away from a nine month battle with brain cancer last Thursday.
Senior Logan Thomas (2-0) tossed his third consecutive quality start to begin the 2012 season as he logged the first six innings of shutout baseball while posting seven strikeouts.
With no scheduled game set in place for the Fish for another week, coach Kent Bottenfield opted to get an inning of work for starters T.J. Harbuck and Nic Kovacs while closer Alejandro De Moya also worked an inning.
Harbuck and Kovacs both posted scoreless frames while De Moya was tagged for one run in the ninth while striking out two batters. Harbuck also struck out two in his scoreless inning.
Perkowski’s homer was just the start of a strong offensive showing for Palm Beach Atlantic (6-2) on the night as they scored in each of the first four innings as they staked Thomas to an early lead.
Luis Mejia ripped a triple in the first and came around to score on a Travis Murray double while Murray was plated just a few plays later following back-to-back singles from Johnny Cole and Matt Civetti. Cody Higgins chipped in a RBI single later in the frame to move PBA in front 4-0.
The Fish would add on with a solo homerun to leadoff the second inning by senior Nick Natale while getting a pair in the third on a sacrifice fly by Ethan Perla and a Perkowski run-scoring single.
Two more runs would follow in the fourth as Mejia led off with a walk and eventually came around to score on an error following a Murray base hit. Cole added in a RBI single in the frame as well to put the game out of reach at 9-0.
After scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth, PBA added on a run in the seventh on a Higgins sac fly while three runs came in to score during the eighth inning. Freshman Matt Wisniewski doubled home Taylor Kaprive while Christian Correa and Cole each added in run-scoring hits as well.
Cole led the efforts with a 3-for-5 showing including one RBI while Perkowski and Murray each had two hits.
PBA will be off until Tuesday, February 29th when they take on Mercyhurst College at 6 pm at the Santaluces Complex.