Tech Takes Two; Panthers Close Out Weekend Sweep
March 1, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
MELBOURNE, Fla.- After a big mid-week victory over visiting Mercyhurst College, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was unable to sustain that momentum as they were swept by Florida Tech over the weekend in a trio of games including a double-header on Saturday. FIT opened up the day with an 11-5 victory and followed that up with a tight 4-3 victory in the nightcap.
Following up his brother’s pitching performance in game one, senior Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) took to the hill in game two for PBA and responded with a solid outing of three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings while posting four strikeouts.
Grau was opposed by Mike Piazza for the Panthers who earned the victory by totaling five innings and allowing six hits and two earned runs.
Piazza didn’t exactly start out with the best results. The Fish opened up with three runs in the first inning and looked to be in control of the game from the start. RBI singles from Joaquin Valdes (Miami, Fla.), Jesse Gibbs (Port Republic, Md.), and Brett Richardson (Orlando, Fla.) led to the early runs for PBA in the first inning. FIT answered with a run of their own in their half of the first inning while tacking on single runs in the fourth and sixth innings as well.
With the score tied at three runs apiece entering the seventh and final frame, reliever Peter Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) ran into some trouble that eventually led to the FIT victory.
With two outs and nobody on after a pickoff from Rodriguez, the Panthers began to rally. A walk to Sam Palace got things started before FIT head coach Greg Berkemeier inserted Chris Fox as a pinch-runner. Fox quickly stole second-base putting the game-winning run in scoring position.
After Tyler Wright was hit by a pitch, both runners moved up 90 feet on a double-steal which set the stage for the final hitter of the day for FIT: John Fouchet. Fouchet delivered a single up the middle to put the victory in the hands of the Panthers.
Tony Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa.) continued his solid work from the game one opener with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate while also chipping in a walk.
PBA will host Bloomfield College on Tuesday, March 4th for their next contest as Palm Beach Atlantic University takes the week off from classes with the school being on Spring Break.