Tough Evening for Fish Ends in Defeat to No. 12 St. Thomas University

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

Travis Murray (Pictured) Finished 5-for-6 in Tuesday's 14-9 Loss to No. 12-Ranked St. Thomas University. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins. Travis Murray (Pictured) Finished 5-for-6 in Tuesday's 14-9 Loss to No. 12-Ranked St. Thomas University. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

Box Score

LANTANA, Fla.- The experts will tell you that doing the little things well will win you a lot of ballgames in baseball. For the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team on Tuesday night it was that theory proven time and time again as they were unable to knock off No. 12-ranked St. Thomas University in a home matchup at the Santaluces Complex. The Bobcats took advantage of five PBA errors and four baserunners thrown out at the plate as they held on for a 14-9 win over the Fish.

Battling in a non-conference, non-region, midweek matchup, both teams appeared sloppy at times on their way to what was an exciting ballgame throughout. The highlight of the night for PBA came from senior catcher Travis Murray as he produced his second five-hit game of the season in the loss.

Neither starter would make it past the fourth inning as the offenses combined for a total of 30 hits on the night while the two teams combined to make eight errors defensively.

The Bobcats (27-6) went with starter Kevin Quintana as he last 3.1 innings as the Fish struck first in the second inning which set up five consecutive innings where the team would post runs.

Freshman Vaughn Bryan and senior Matt Civetti came away with RBI hits in the top of the second inning for PBA as they led 2-0.

Sailfish left-hander Jonathan Kies worked in and out of trouble in his four innings of work as he allowed four runs to score in the Bobcats half of the third inning.

A 2-run homerun by STU right-fielder Antonio Sepulveda put the Cats on the board while Victor Madrazo added in a RBI double before coming home later in the inning on a double-steal.

PBA got a bit closer with a run in the bottom of the inning as Luis Mejia crossed home plate on a wild pitch to put the score at 4-3 in favor of STU.

Trailing 6-5 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Fish plated two runs in their half of the frame to take a 7-6 lead when Murray produced a RBI single followed later in the inning by a bunt single by Bryan to plate the go-ahead run.

The biggest inning of the game came in the top of the seventh as Hector Bello singled to lead off the inning off PBA reliever Robbie Pettet before senior left-hander Kenny Frosch entered. Frosch got the first batter he faced to hit into what appeared to be a double-play only to have some confusion transpire on the flip to second-base where everybody ended up safe with still nobody out.

The Bobcats would end up pushing across four runs in the inning to take a 10-7 lead. A 3-run homer by Sepulveda in the eighth inning gave the Bobcats some additional cushion.

The St. Thomas bullpen would settle in and despite allowing two runs to score in the ninth they would hold on for the 14-9 victory.

 Elio Rey earned the win in relief for STU while Frosch drops to 0-3 as he took the tough-luck loss.

Sepulveda finished 2-for-4 with five runs driven in and three more scored.

The Sailfish finished with 19 hits on the night. After Murray’s 5-for-6 showing, Johnny Cole and Bryan each produced three hits each while Justin Sizemore, Mejia and Brooks Fleming each managed a pair of base-hits.

The Fish will be off until this weekend when they take on Saint Leo University in a road, weekend-series beginning Friday, March 30th at 6 pm.

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