Correa's Walk-Off Single Caps Comeback Effort for PBA Baseball Over Ave Maria
March 19, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Falling behind 7-3 entering the final stages of their contest with Ave Maria University on Monday evening, the Sailfish baseball team looked like a team without much hope. Four errors and a few other mental mistakes became history however when the Fish rallied for runs in five of their last six innings including a bases-loaded, walk-off single by freshman Christian Correa to cap an 8-7 victory in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The game-winner by Correa nearly became a walk-off grandslam as his long flyball deep into the Palm Beach Gardens night fell in near the warning track as a draw-in AMU (14-22) outfield was pulled in as the Fish loaded the bases in the ninth with nobody out.
A leadoff double by Justin Sizemore got things started in the ninth followed by a bunt single from Luis Mejia and an intentional walk to Travis Murray which set up the Correa heroics.
Senior Logan Thomas (4-1) made a rare relief appearance in the top of the ninth while working around a walk to strand two baserunners with a pair of strike outs.
Thomas was the fourth PBA pitcher to throw in the game following starter Alejandro De Moya and relievers Jeremiah Cothiere and Kenny Frosch.
The first-half of the game appeared as if it wouldn’t be PBA’s night as they made errors in four straight innings that led to AMU jumping in front 7-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning.
That’s when the Fish began to really get in gear offensively as they ended AMU starter Keith Ryan’s night following six innings of work where he allowed 11 hits and six runs (four earned) with no walks and three strikeouts.
De Moya exited after three plus innings of work on the hill as he allowed two hits but five runs (two earned) while walking five and striking out two batters.
Cothiere followed with three more innings of work from the bullpen as he was touched for two runs although neither were earned while striking out one.
The stopper proved to be Frosch as he went 2.1 innings while striking out five and allowing just one hit through his scoreless appearance.
After AMU opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the second inning, the Fish fired back with a Matt Perkowksi homerun, his fifth of the season, that tied the game at 2-2.
A four-run fourth inning however by the Gyrenes would end the night for De Moya while a potential inning-ending double-play grounder was botched by the PBA infield that allowed two of the runs to score.
The Fish started their comeback with a RBI single from Brooks Fleming in the bottom of the fourth inning while AMU got that run back with one of their own in the top of the fifth as a PBA error contributed to the score.
Mejia drilled a single that scooted past the AMU centerfielder in the bottom of the fifth to plate Sizemore as PBA continued to add runs on.
Back-to-back hits by Correa and Nick Natale in the bottom of the sixth inning got the Fish going while a Fleming sacrifice fly brought home the first run. Matt Wisniewski then followed by smoking a pinch-hit double that plated Natale before the side was retired.
Mejia’s second homerun in as many games got the Fish all the way back in the seventh inning as his long bomb easily cleared the left-field fence and evened the score at 7-7.
With Frosch and Thomas combining to keep AMU from pushing across the go-ahead run in the final three innings, the Fish set the stage for their final comeback effort with their ninth inning rally.
Correa made good on his second start of the season behind the plate by going 2-for-5 including the game-winning single. Sizemore and Mejia each tallied three hits in the win while Fleming drove in two runs in addition to his 2-for-3 effort overall.
In total the Fish registered 17 hits as a team.
AMU was paced by two hits from Gene Loweree while they finished with seven hits total.
Zach Quayle took the loss as he drops to 0-2 on the season.
PBA will be back in action on Wednesday, March 21st at Palm Beach Gardens High School as they will take on Nova Southeastern University at 7 pm.