Kovacs Gem Spoiled by Ninth Inning Rally from St. Thomas
March 8, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.- Senior right-hander Nic Kovacs tossed his third complete game of the season but unfortunately fell victim to a 1-0 loss for the second time this season as PBA was upended by No. 13-ranked St. Thomas University on Friday night at Paul Deime Manieri Field. The Bobcats saw their first two runners reach base in the bottom of the ninth inning that setup a RBI by Jerry Downs for the game-winner.
The two teams will square off again on Saturday to decide the series winner with a double-header starting at 12 pm.
For eight innings Friday’s game moved merrily along as Kovacs (Loss, 3-2) matched Bobcats’ starter Eddie Cody pitch-for-pitch as the hurlers each repeatedly put zeroes on the scoreboard.
It appeared twice in the final three innings that Palm Beach Atlantic (11-5) might be able to manufacture a run against St. Thomas (19-5) as they had their leadoff batter reach on a single. But each time the potential Sailfish rally would be squelched by not getting a sacrifice bunt down.
The bottom of the ninth inning saw the Sailfish infield make a rare error to being the frame while a bunt back to Kovacs forced a close relay at second-base on the next play only to be called in favor of the home-standing Cats.
Another sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position as Downs stepped in and hit a hard groundball that PBA shortstop Sean Visconti fielded on a dive but his momentum would not allow for a throw in time to the plate as Nicholas Perez scored the walk-off win for STU.
Kovacs was spectacular once again for the Fish as the Clermont, Fla. native scattered six hits with no earned runs while walking just one and striking out four batters.
Cody finished with five strikeouts and four hits allowed in eight innings of work before handing off the baseball to Ashley Bulluck (Win, 1-0) as he earned his first win of the season.
PBA produced five hits in the game with junior Joel Buchko leading the way with a 2-for-3 night at the plate. Matt Perkowksi added in a single and a walk.
Downs led the Bobcats offensive efforts with a 2-for-4 night at the plate including the game-winner.