Moccasins Upend Sailfish with Dramatic Ninth Inning Comeback
April 6, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
JUPITER, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team came within two outs of wrapping up an important Friday night win over Florida Southern College as the two NCAA South Region foes battled in a weekend series opener at Jupiter Community Park. As fate would have it however the Moccasins would shrug off the 6-3 deficit they faced entering the final inning as they plated six runs and eventually win 9-6 over the Sailfish.
Sailfish senior right-hander Logan Thomas went eight strong innings for the Fish (14-13) as the Melbourne, Florida native allowed only three runs to score, all in the fourth inning, while striking out two and walking two.
With Thomas’ pitch count mounting, head coach Kent Bottenfield opted to go with Nic Kovacs out of the bullpen for what he hoped would be a second straight Friday night save for the PBA right-hander.
However the Mocs would have different plans in the ninth inning as the first batter reached after striking out on a wild pitch followed by a single and a hit-batsman to load the bases. A sacrifice fly would then follow as the Mocs cut the deficit to 6-4.
Senior left-hander Kenny Frosch (1-4) would enter and be greeted by back-to-back infield hits and then a big 2-run double by slugging third-baseman Mike Snyder that gave the Mocs an 8-6 lead.
An RBI groundout later in the frame pushed the Mocs lead to 9-6 before the side was eventually retired.
The Sailfish were able to bring the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth but pinch-hitter Matt Civetti was struck out by FSC closer Nate Carter to end the threat and close out the 9-6 win.
The Fish got on the board with five runs in the bottom of the third inning as they captured some timely hits while taking advantage of three Florida Southern errors.
With two-outs and a runner in scoring position, the Fish got the bats going with some help from the FSC defense as Justin Sizemore and Luis Mejia each contributed RBI singles while Johnny Cole and Vaughn Bryan each reached on errors that brought home PBA runs.
Now leading 5-0, the Sailfish lead took a sizable hit in the top of the fourth as FSC plated three runs thanks to a RBI groundout and a 2-run single by centerfielder J.J. Downum.
Things remained 5-3 until a Travis Murray sac fly gave the Fish their 6-3 cushion in the bottom of the sixth inning.
FSC starter Clay Chapman lasted the first 4.2 innings for FSC as he allowed five runs (none earned) with four hits, five walks and six strikeouts.
Austin Jackson (3-2) earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning while the save for Carter was his eighth of the season.
PBA produced just six hits with Perkowski finishing 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
Downum was a solid 3-for-3 with three runs driven in from the ninth spot in the order for FSC.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon for a double-header beginning at 1 pm at Palm Beach Gardens High School. Admission is free.