Livelsberger and Company Slug Their Way Past Mercyhurst College

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Busting out of long slump, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team busted out in a big way on Tuesday evening as the Fish slugged out 14 runs on their way to a 14-8 victory over visiting Mercyhurst College at Palm Beach Gardens High School.

Taking part in their annual Spring Break tour of South Florida, Mercyhurst entered play tonight with a 4-2 record to start the season and had taken their only meeting with the Sailfish last season by a score of 9-5.

PBA fans witnessed the best offensive showing of the season for the young club as the Sailfish pounded out 14 hits with five players recording at least two base-hits in the nine inning affair.

The Fish were led on the night by a huge performance at the plate from sophomore Tony Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa.) who cranked out two homeruns while tallying a season-high six RBI’s in four at-bats. The slugging first-baseman also added in a double to his credit as PBA earned their second win of the season.

Livelsberger wasn’t alone as an offensive standout for the Fish as many players contributed to the much needed win.

Right-fielder Nick Norley (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) continued his recent success as he finished the evening 3-for-6 at the dish including his first triple of the 2008 campaign. Senior Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) added in two hits, two walks, two runs scored and two runs driven in. Freshman Jesse Gibbs (Port Republic, Md.) and sophomore center-fielder Scott Urbanek (Weston, Fla.) rounded out the multi-hit performers for PBA.

On the Lakers side, first-baseman John Blike and right-fielder Greg Turk paced the seven hit attack for MC with two hits each although the PBA pitching staff didn’t allow the Lakers to register an extra base-hit for the game.

Right-hander Buddy Fisher (Pompano Beach, Fla.) earned the start on the mound for the Sailfish and responded with a five inning performance while allowing four earned runs and registering two strikeouts. Three Sailfish relievers would follow Fisher to close out the final four innings with junior Oscar Cuevas (Islandia, N.Y./Dominican Republic) and freshman Billy Schmidt each tossing a scoreless frame.

PBA will take the next few days off as they will begin preparations for a weekend series with Florida Tech beginning Friday evening at the Roger Dean Complex in Jupiter, Florida with first pitch scheduled for 7 pm. Saturday’s double-header action will take place in Melbourne, Florida as PBA travels to play FIT beginning at 12 pm.

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