Sailfish Stumble in Series Opener Versus Eckerd College
May 4, 2012
Writtten By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was hoping to ride the momentum they began last Saturday with a sweep of Barry University into their Friday evening opener against Eckerd College. Unfortunately for the Fish they would fall short in their efforts against EC ace right-hander Joey Cuda as he and one Triton’s reliever shut down the Fish to the tune of a 5-1 opening game victory.
The two teams will get back to action on Saturday for a double-header beginning at 1 pm with the Sailfish (21-22) still hopeful of winning the series and closing out their regular season with a winning record.
The reigning Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Year from a season ago, Cuda (6-4) showed why he deserves such accolades with an outstanding performance in what was most likely his final collegiate appearance.
Cuda scattered seven hits with just one earned run allowed over eight innings while striking out nine batters. Robbie Nabers pitched a scoreless ninth inning with three strikeouts despite the Fish loading the bases and bringing the potential tying run to the plate.
In the end Nabers would close the door on the win as Eckerd improves to 17-28.
Logan Thomas (5-5) took the loss for the Sailfish as he was lifted after four innings while allowing nine hits and five runs with two walks and five strikeouts.
Junior left-hander Alejandro De Moya came on and pitched four shutout innings in relief for PBA but the good work of Cuda would not allow the Fish the chance at a late-inning rally.
Palm Beach Atlantic struck first with their only run of the game coming in the second inning on a Brooks Fleming RBI single.
Three straight singles in the bottom of the inning by the Tritons led to the tying run coming home on an Aaron Shapiro run-scoring base hit.
The big inning for EC came in the third as they plated three more runs on four hits against Thomas as they took a more commanding 4-1 lead.
Another run in the fourth capped the scoring for EC as Thomas would exit while neither team would score the rest of the way.
The Tritons managed 13 hits on the night with five players registering two hits apiece.
PBA was paced by two hits each from Luis Mejia and Fleming in the loss.