Home Cookin' Serves Thomas and the Sailfish Well as They Defeat No. 22-Ranked Florida Tech
March 23, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MELBOURNE, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic University senior right-hander Logan Thomas posted his third complete game of the season on Friday evening at Seminick-Hall Field on the campus of Florida Tech as he led the Sailfish baseball team to a 5-2 win over the No. 22-ranked Panthers. Playing in his hometown of Melbourne, Florida, Thomas was superb as he scattered nine hits in a complete game effort while junior Matt Perkowski delivered a key, two-out, two-run triple late in the game to break a 2-2 tie.
The victory for Palm Beach Atlantic (12-9) comes on the heels of a tough midweek loss to nationally-ranked Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday while setting the stage for a double-header on Saturday against the Panthers who drop to 16-11 with Friday night’s loss.
Thomas (4-1) earned his second win of the week after coming on for a rare relief outing in Monday’s ninth-inning win at home versus Ave Maria University.
On Friday, Thomas struck out four while walking four and allowed only two runs (one earned) as he gave his team a much-needed lift.
The Panthers would strike first with an unearned run coming in to score in the bottom of the first inning as a RBI sacrifice bunt from shortstop K.C. Clabough brought home leadoff man Kevin Wortman who began the game reaching on an error.
The Fish would tie the score with a run in the top of the third inning as Ethan Perla led off the frame with a single, stole second-base and then would come around to score on a FIT throwing error.
Florida Tech took the lead right back in the bottom of the third however when Alex Alfonso reached following a wild-pitch on a strikeout while later scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Jimmie Koch.
Things remained 2-1 in favor of the Panthers until the top of the sixth inning when Perkowksi started the frame being hit-by-a-pitch then moving up 90 feet twice on a stolen base and wild pitch. The Fish executed the solid fundamental play later in the inning as freshman Vaughn Bryan contributed a RBI groundout to tie the score at 2-2.
With Thomas finding his groove down the stretch, the biggest hit of the game came in the top of the seventh as Perkowski lifted a long fly-ball into the left-centerfield gap to bring home both Luis Mejia and Justin Sizemore for a 4-2 lead. Perkowski ended up on third-base for his third triple of the season.
Johnny Cole added a pinch-hit infield single in the eighth to bring home an insurance run.
Thomas allowed only two hits after the fifth inning to collect the victory.
Jason Boyer took the loss as the Florida Atlantic University transfer was tagged for four runs (three earned) in seven innings while allowing nine hits, walking three and striking out seven batters.
Cody Lewis tossed two innings for Florida Tech and allowed two hits and a run while striking out two in the process.
Senior Nick Natale finished 3-for-5 for PBA while Perla was 2-for-4 to help anchor the bottom of the order.
The two NCAA South Region rivals will get together on Saturday for a double-header beginning at 12 pm with both games having coverage provided by FloridaTechSports.com.