PBA Pounds Buccaneer Pitching in Blowout Win Over Barry University
April 10, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The Sailfish baseball team would score in bunches on Tuesday evening at Palm Beach Gardens High School as they produced runs in only three innings against Barry University but those three frames saw the Sailfish come away with 13 total runs. Four different PBA pitchers would see mound time in the process as the Fish earned a 13-5 win after three-and-a-half hours of baseball.
The Sailfish (16-14) managed a total of 17 hits in the win while taking advantage of five Barry University (15-18) errors as PBA handed BU their fourth straight defeat.
After neither team produced a run in the first inning, the Fish got their bats going in the right direction with a four-run second inning as they received a RBI singles from Brooks Fleming, Nick Natale and Matt Perkowksi while another run came in on a Buccaneer’s error.
The Bucs then began to chip away at the PBA lead as they scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings including a solo homerun from Bryant Elliot.
Andres Lopez (2-1) would continue his good work in relief of PBA starter Jonathan Kies as Lopez entered the game with no outs in the fourth following a leadoff double surrendered by Kies.
Lopez would go strong until the seventh as Logan Thomas entered in relief and retired the only batter of the inning on one pitch. Thomas would also work a scoreless eighth inning with junior Alejandro De Moya working an inning in the ninth.
Leading 4-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, PBA poured on six more runs to make it a rout before tacking on three more runs in the bottom of the eighth.
All but one PBA starter had at least one hit in the win with senior shortstop Luis Mejia leading the way with a 4-for-5 night at the plate including two runs scored.
Natale added in three hits while Perkowski, Travis Murray, Vaughn Bryan and Fleming all added in two hits apiece.
T.J. Mullins took the loss for Barry following a 4.2 innings of work start that including eight hits allowed and four earned runs.
Lopez tallied the win with 3.2 innings of relief including only one run allowed with three hits, three walks and five strikeouts.
Michael Slabach and James Young each contributed three hits each for the Bucs.
PBA will now prepare for a weekend matchup in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when they will battle Nova Southeastern University beginning on Friday, April 13th at 6 pm.