Sailfish Drop Heartbreaker in Extra Innings versus No. 8-Ranked Nova Southeastern
April 13, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- For just over two hours, Palm Beach Atlantic University right-hander Logan Thomas and Nova Southeastern University right-hander Zachary Westcott matched each other pitch for pitch on Friday night to the tune of a scoreless tie through nine innings. After the Sailfish pushed across a run in the top of the tenth on a bases-loaded walk to senior Justin Sizemore, the Sharks miraculously tied the game on a solo homerun and then captured the victory on a walk-off single by Brett Clements in the bottom of the inning as NSU celebrated a 2-1 win over PBA.
Neither pitcher appeared to lose much steam throughout the night until the tenth inning as Westcott exited with a runner on third-base with one out as Sean Tighe entered from the NSU bullpen.
Vaughn Bryan had begun the frame with a leadoff double and was then sacrificed to third-base by a Brooks Fleming bunt. Tighe would first walk Nick Natale then strikeout Brian Walker for a big second out. A four-pitch walk to Matt Perkowksi loaded the bases as Sizemore worked his way to a 3-2 count.
Tighe then battled Sizemore who earned a walk on a close 3-2 pitch to force in the game’s first run.
Tighe would escape further damage however when he retired Luis Mejia on a groundout to end the inning as the Sharks went to their final at-bat.
With Thomas still sharp, the Fish opted to send their senior ace back to the hill in search of the complete-game shutout.
Thomas would retire NSU slugger Daniel Petibone on a flyout to lead off the tenth inning before a long homerun off the bat of Javi Sujo tied the game at 1-1.
Another base-hit would follow by Alex Marrero which setup a steal and an over-throw that put Marrero on third-base with one out. Thomas would again buckle down for a strikeout of Ray Navarro before Clements stepped in and grounded a ball through the right-side for the game-winner.
Thomas was the tough-luck loser as he drops to 5-2 following an outstanding performance that put the Melbourne native holding the NSU lineup hitless into the eighth inning. His final line included five hits allowed and one earned run with four walks and six strikeouts.
Westcott earned the no-decision with 9.1 innings of work with five hits allowed and one unearned run with no walks and three strikeouts.
Tighe picked up the win, his third of the season, with 0.2 innings of work including three walks and one strikeout.
Clements not only tallied the game-winner but also walked three times as he finished 1-for-1 officially.
Sizemore was 2-for-4 for the Fish as the only PBA hitter to collect multiple hits.
The two teams will square off again on Saturday, April 14th at 1 pm when the squads get together for a double-header at the NSU Baseball Complex.