Sailfish Produce Exciting Come From Behind Win as They Split with Florida Southern
April 7, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The tables were turned on Saturday afternoon as the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team ruined what could have been a series sweep for Florida Southern College as they plated three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning of game on to earn an exciting 6-5 win over the Moccasins. This exciting came one night after the Mocs posted six runs in the ninth to beat the Fish. FSC earned an 11-6 game two win on Saturday to claim the series victory.
Palm Beach Atlantic (15-13) relied on a solid bullpen performance from junior Andres Lopez (1-1) in the opener as he relieved T.J. Harbuck after Harbuck lasted the first 4.1 innings.
Lopez came on to allow four hits with just one earned run in 4.2 innings of work while compiling seven strikeouts as he gave his team a chance to mount a comeback.
Trailing 5-3 entering the ninth, the Fish received a leadoff double from Brooks Fleming followed later in the frame by a RBI single from freshman catcher Christian Correa to cut the deficit to 5-4.
With the bench running low of available subs, head coach Kent Bottenfield opted to go with reliever Robbie Pettet as a pinch-runner for Correa, the potential tying run at first-base. Matt Perkowski then proceeded to smoke a Nate Carter offering into the right-centerfield gap that ended with Perkowski at third-base with a triple and Pettet racing home with the tying run.
Now 5-5, Ethan Perla played the hero for the second straight weekend as he backed up his go-ahead RBI single last Friday at Saint Leo with a game-winner on Saturday against Florida Southern as he ripped a pitch into left-field for a walk-off single and a 6-5 PBA victory.
Jon Jones would get the no-decision for FSC after throwing seven innings with six hits and three runs allowed while walking one and striking out eight batters.
Carter (0-1) took the loss with four hits and three earned runs allowed in the inning.
Fleming wrapped up a big game with his leadoff double as he finished 3-for-4 including a 2-run homer in the second inning that got PBA on the board.
Perkowski and Perla each registered two hits for the Fish.
Colin Kish and Kyle Gibbs each went 2-for-4 for the Mocs.
The Fish sent junior Nic Kovacs to the hill in game two, one night after being roughed up in a relief appearance for the Sailfish right-hander.
Kovacs (4-2) would go the first 5.2 innings while allowing nine hits and four runs (three earned) with two walks and two strikeouts.
Both teams scored a run in the first inning as FSC manufactured a base runner around while getting a run-scoring single from Kyle Jackson to move in front 1-0. The Fish tied the score in their half of the first as Justin Sizemore and Luis Mejia executed a double-steal.
Things remained 1-1 until the top of the fifth as Florida Southern pushed across a run thanks to a Mike Snyder RBI single.
The Mocs big inning however came in the sixth as they chased Kovacs on a Cory Jensen RBI single which brought on PBA reliever Jeremiah Cothiere. A double by Keith Curcio put two on, with two outs which was followed up by a long 3-run homer by Snyder to give the Mocs a 6-1 lead.
Florida Southern added on five more runs in the top of the seventh off PBA reliever Peter Graffeo including a 3-run homer by catcher Brad Carlton.
The Fish made things interesting with five runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh but the Mocs bullpen held on for the 11-6 win as they improve to 20-14 on the season. PBA drops to 15-14.
Sizemore finished 2-for-4 in game two while Johnny Cole added in a 2-for-3 showing.
The Fish will host Barry University on Tuesday, April 10th in a midweek matchup with the Bucs that is slated to begin at 7 pm at Palm Beach Gardens High School.