Sailfish Baseball Earns Series Win Over No. 22 Florida Tech with Saturday Split
March 24, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
MELBOURNE, Fla.- Saturday’s double-header with Florida Tech presented two very different ballgames for the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team as they took on the No. 22-ranked Panthers at Seminick-Hall Field. Game one saw the Fish fall behind 5-0 in the first inning before taking a 6-5 lead later in the game only to fall 12-6 after a six-run seventh inning. Game two saw a complete-game shutout thrown by PBA junior Nic Kovacs as the Fish prevailed 8-0.
Saturday’s split coupled with Friday night’s 5-2 win by the Sailfish helped lead PBA to a series win while improving their overall record to 13-10 on the season. The Panthers drop to 17-12.
Sailfish senior Jeremiah Cothiere earned his first start of the 2012 season in Saturday’s first game and unfortunately for the Boynton Beach native, Cothiere would be greeted with a bang as FIT scored five times in the first inning thanks to six hits and one PBA error.
Cothiere would hold the FIT bats at bay until the third inning when he would be lifted after 2.1 innings in favor of senior left-hander Kenny Frosch.
The Fish would battle back with two runs of their own in the top of the third inning as Ethan Perla brought home a run on an infield grounder while another run came in to cut the score to 5-2 on a FIT throwing error.
The Sailfish would take a 6-5 lead temporarily thanks to a big fifth inning as they pushed across four runs.
With two outs and nobody on the Fish received back-to-back singles from Luis Mejia and Perla that set the stage for a 2-run single by senior Travis Murray. After a Matt Perkowski double put runners on second and third, Johnny Cole stepped up with a 2-run single that gave the Fish the lead for the first time in the game.
Florida Tech would tie the game in their half of the fifth inning when left-fielder Josh Hinkle came in to score on a double-play groundout.
Frosch was cruising along until the bottom of the seventh inning as he loaded the bases with one out before handing the ball on to fellow lefty Alejandro De Moya.
De Moya was greeted with three straight base hits including a 2-run triple by Ryan McChesney that put the Panthers back in front comfortably. A sacrifice fly would follow later in the inning to bring home another run before the Sailfish bullpen was able to put out the fire.
Frosch would take the loss for PBA as FIT’s bullpen closed the door on the Sailfish hopes following the big, six-run inning by the Panthers offense.
Murray was joined by Cole and Civetti with two hits each in game one for PBA hitters.
The rubber match of the series featured a pitching matchup of Kovacs (4-1) for the Sailfish against Trevor Graham (3-3) of the Panthers.
Kovacs would come out on top with his second complete game of the season as he limited FIT to only seven hits and no walks while striking out two and posting the shutout.
PBA broke a scoreless tie in the top of the second inning as freshman Vaughn Bryan brought home senior Nick Natale with a RBI single after Natale had tripled earlier in the inning. A groundout by Perla brought the speedy Bryan home a batter later.
The Fish added three runs each in the fifth and sixth innings as insurance runs for the 8-0 win.
Graham lasted only 4.1 innings while allowing five runs (three earned) and two walks while striking out four batters.
Civetti posted his second straight two-hit game for the Sailfish as PBA scored eight runs on only seven hits.
PBA will take on St. Thomas University on Tuesday, March 27th at 6 pm as they will host the Bobcats at the Santaluces Complex.