Bucs Topple Sailfish to Earn Three Game Weekend Sweep
February 23, 2008
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- First inning runs haven’t been a problem for this year’s Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team. Unfortunatly holding the opponent scoreless in the first inning of play has been a problem as evidenced by Saturday’s matchup with Barry University which saw the Bucs take care of business and sweep the weekend series with the Fish by collecting an 11-6 victory.
After pushing across a run in their first at-bat off a sacrifice fly from Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.), the PBA pitcher/position player went to work on the mound in an effort to slow down the Buccaneers offense.
Despite his best efforts, the 6’1” southpaw would have no such luck as Grau allowed three runs to score in the first inning followed by pitching line of four innings, eight runs allowed, two walks, and zero strikeouts.
Down but not out, the PBA lineup would once again respond with a solid showing but fell short in the final runs total as Barry continued to plug away on their trips to plate.
Trailing 8-1 entering the top-half of the fifth inning, the Fish plated four runs to cut the Bucs lead to only 8-5. Freshman outfielder Jesse Gibbs (Port Republic, Md.) and sophomore Scott Urbanek (Weston, Fla.) did the primary damage at the plate for PBA in the fifth as Gibbs came through with a two-run single while Urbanek delivered a two-run double of his own.
Cutting the lead to within striking distance with two more innings to follow, the PBA bullpen was unable to hold down the Bucs who pounded out three more runs in the sixth to cap the scoring and earn the much-deserved sweep of the Sailfish.
Grau took the loss for PBA while Barry hurler Aaron Main earned his second win of the season to push his overall record to 2-1.
PBA will look to rebound from their recent skid next when they take on Mercyhurst College at home on Tuesday, February 26th. The game will be played at Palm Beach Gardens High School and will consist of a 7 pm first-pitch time. All students and fans are encouraged to attend the ballgame hosted by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as the group will be providing ice cream to all students in attendance.