Sailfish Score Eight Unanswered Runs in Amazing Comeback Win Over Saint Leo
March 30, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
SAINT LEO, Fla.- It’s not exactly how they drew it up but a win is a win. The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team fell behind 7-0 after two innings and trailed 7-6 heading to the ninth inning of Friday night’s series opener at Saint Leo University. A fortunate bounce in the ninth with two outs extended the game long enough for PBA to score the tying run followed by a game-winning RBI single by Ethan Perla as the Fish pushed through for the improbable win.
With the 8-7 lead going to the bottom of the ninth, head coach Kent Bottenfield continued to maneuver his bullpen by bringing in Nic Kovacs who picked up the final two outs in earning his first save.
The bullpen was the story for PBA along with resilient effort of the offense as junior Andres Lopez and Kenny Frosch combined along with Kovacs to give the Fish seven innings of scoreless relief.
Lopez entered in the top of the third inning as PBA starter Logan Thomas would make an early exit by his standards as he allowed seven runs on nine hits.
The Lions (19-12) scored three times in the first inning including a Chris Newcomb solo homerun and a RBI double by Anthony Santa. A groundout in the inning brought in a third run.
The second inning saw another big inning from the Lions as shortstop Zach Miller brought home two runs with a double and another long-ball from Michael Revell as he drilled an opposite-field 2-run jack to push the lead to 7-0.
The Fish (14-11) got things closer with two runs of their own in the third inning as Matt Perkowski and Luis Mejia each connected for RBI singles.
A scoring drought would then come for both teams until the top of the sixth inning as the Fish ended the night of SLU starter Aaron Brandt. Matt Wizniewski came through with a pinch-hit single to plate a run for PBA while Perkowksi smoked a long 2-run homerun that officially ended Brandt’s night as PBA cut the deficit to 7-6.
That’s where things would remain until the ninth as PBA finished off their rally and earned the series-opening win.
Lopez gave the Fish a shot in the arm with his scoreless 3.2 innings of work followed by Frosch who retired 2.2 innings of scoreless relief as well including three strikeouts.
In addition to his game-winning single, Perla finished 3-for-5 while Justin Sizemore also produced three hits.
Perkowski finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three more driven in.
The two teams will square off again Saturday at 1 pm on in a double-header.