Sailfish Swing the Bats With Authority in 14-2 Rout of Caldwell College
March 13, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LANTANA, Fla.- One night after getting shutout by St. Thomas University the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team fired back with a 14-2 dismantling of Caldwell College on Tuesday evening at the Santaluces Complex. With both teams playing with wood bats, the Sailfish proved stronger with the sticks as they pounded out 15 hits while drawing eight walks as the offense backed a solid start from junior left-hander Jonathan Kies as the team cruised to their 10th win of the season.
The Fish opted to use wooden bats as their opponent, Caldwell College, plays in an all-wood bat conference.
After a scoreless first frame, the Sailfish (10-6) posted a single run in the second inning followed up by Caldwell (0-5) plating a game-tying run in the top of the third frame.
From there it was the Sailfish erupting for five runs in the third and six more in the fourth inning to put their stamp on a blowout victory.
Caldwell managed only two hits in the loss as Kies went 6.1 innings of work while allowing just one hit and no earned runs. The Coral Springs, Florida native posted seven strikeouts with a pair of walks as he earned his second win of the season in his first start.
Junior Taylor Kaprive doubled home a run in the second inning to get the Fish on the board while Caldwell took advantage of two PBA errors in the top of the third to tie the score at 1-1.
The big third inning for Palm Beach Atlantic began with a leadoff triple by senior Justin Sizemore before he came scampering home on a wild pitch to take a 2-1 lead.
From that point the offense got in gear as walks to Ethan Perla and Luis Mejia set the stage for a run-scoring single by Travis Murray and then a sacrifice fly by sophomore Johnny Cole. Senior Nick Natale would follow the hit parade with a RBI single while Matt Civetti drove home another run with an infield fielder’s choice.
Evan Mitchell would be called from the bullpen as he relieved Caldwell starter Michael Sheridan and after retiring the first Sailfish hitter on strikes he would issue a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk to Justin Sizemore to bring in another run.
PBA added six more runs in the fourth as Cole produced a run-scoring double as did Civetti who’s double brought home two more runs. Higgins continued the doubles streak with two more runs coming in to score later in the frame. Sizemore chipped in with a sac fly for the final run of the inning.
A RBI groundout from Cole registered the Sailfish another run in the fifth while Kaprive added a RBI in the seventh to bring in the final PBA run.
Following Kies out of the bullpen were solid outings from Jeremiah Cothiere with an inning of work, freshman Kennie Silvestri with two outs recorded and a scoreless ninth inning by junior Andres Lopez.
Mejia finished with a 3-for-5 showing at the plate to keep his average over .400 on the season while scoring three runs. Natale also scored three times and finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Civetti drove home three runs in his 2-for-3 day with a walk.
The team will have the next few days off from game action before returning to the diamond on Friday, March 16th as they will battle Lynn University in Boca Raton at 3 pm followed by a Saturday double-header against LU at the Santaluces Complex beginning at 1 pm. All three games of the series will be broadcast on the Sailfish Sports Network.