Sailfish Baseball Keeps it Fundamental in Sweep of New Haven Chargers

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

Nic Kovacs (Pictured) Followed up a Logan Thomas Complete Game Win in Game One for PBA with One of His Own in Game Two as He Earned His First Shutout. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins. Nic Kovacs (Pictured) Followed up a Logan Thomas Complete Game Win in Game One for PBA with One of His Own in Game Two as He Earned His First Shutout. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

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LANTANA, Fla.- A week after dropping a Saturday double-header to Valdosta State University the Sailfish baseball team rebounded nicely this Saturday as they dodged rain drops in the area to the tune of a double-header sweep over the University of New Haven. The Sailfish received two solid pitching performances from the likes of Logan Thomas and Nic Kovacs as the tandem each tossed complete games for a 4-1 and 4-0 Sailfish sweep.

The pair of victories pushes PBA’s season record to 9-5 with a busy week ahead of games against some more stiff competition.

The Fish will travel to St. Thomas University on Monday, March 12th for a 6 pm matchup followed by a home game versus Caldwell College at the Santaluces Complex on Tuesday, March 13th. That game will have a 6 pm first pitch as well.

The team will be back in action on Friday and Saturday with a weekend series against Palm Beach County rival Lynn University.

Game One

Looking to rebound from his only shaky outing of the season in his last contest against Mercyhurst College, senior Logan Thomas took the ball in game one for the Fish.

The Melbourne, Florida native responded with seven strong innings and seemed to get stronger as the game went along.

New Haven (3-2) jumped in front with a run in the top of the second inning as catcher Joe Romanelli ripped an RBI single up the middle just beyond the reach of PBA shortstop Luis Mejia that plated Brendon Buckley for the 1-0 lead. The inning came to a close a play later when PBA right-fielder Brooks Fleming gunned out a runner at the plate to preserve the 1-0 score.

The Sailfish took the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning as Ethan Perla and Matt Perkowski started the inning with back-to-back singles while both came in to score on RBI groundouts from senior Justin Sizemore and Mejia for the 2-1 lead.

With Thomas finding his groove on the hill and keeping the Chargers off balance, the Sailfish opened up a bigger lead with two more runs in the fifth inning as they took advantage of an error by the UNH second-baseman on a potential double-play ball and another run-scoring groundout from sophomore first-baseman Johnny Cole.

Thomas would do the rest and polished off a complete-game, seven inning start with four strikeouts and seven hits allowed.

UNH starter John Melville was tagged with the loss as he went four innings with four hits and two earned runs allowed.

Romanelli finished 2-for-3 with a RBI for New Haven.

Game Two

Hoping to complete the sweep after splitting with the Chargers in a matchup last season, the Fish turned to Kovacs, a junior transfer from Lake Sumter Community College.

Kovacs shined in his fourth start as he struck out seven Charger hitters while allowing only six hits in seven innings of work for his third win of the season.

The Sailfish broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of the third inning with a three spot as they received a RBI single from Sizemore and a second run coming in on an error. Nick Natale dropped down a run-scoring bunt later in the frame that was pushed past the diving UNH pitcher for a 3-0 lead.

PBA added an insurance run in the sixth as Perla smacked a single through the infield to plate Fleming.

Matt Perkowski and Natale each finished with two hits in the win for PBA while New Haven shortstop Ryan Brockett finished 2-for-3 on the Charger side.


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