Sailfish Baseball Earns Double-Header Sweep Over Northwood University
March 8, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Collecting their fourth win in a row, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team completed a Saturday afternoon sweep of West Palm Beach rival Northwood University with a game two victory of 4-3. The Fish earned another tight victory in game one at 3-2.
Unlike in past games, the Sailfish didn’t wait long to get on the board as they tallied three runs in top of the first inning to give starter Owen Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) a friendly three-run cushion before ever taking the mound.
After their first three hitters in the order reached to start the game, the game’s first run came around to score after the Northwood shortstop committed an untimely error which allowed the Fish to take an early lead.
Joaquin Valdes, a 6’4” third-baseman out of Miami, Florida, drove home run number two with an RBI groundout. Freshman Brett Richardson (Orlando, Fla.) drove home the final run of the inning as the super-utility player tagged the NU hurler with a double to right-center that sent senior Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) racing home.
Despite staking themselves to an early deficit, the Seahawks hurler settled down for much of the remainder of the game while PBA right-hander Owen Grau continued to post zero’s on the scoreboard for the Fish.
Much like game one, both teams would rally for late inning runs to make the contest interesting down to the wire.
After the Sailfish added to their lead with a run in the top of the sixth inning on a pinch-hit RBI single from senior Billy Falconio (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), the Seahawks would fight right back.
Lefty Douglas Grahm (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) would receive the majority of the hurt from the Northwood sixth inning rally as the freshman allowed four hits and two runs in his one inning of work.
Clinging to a 4-2 lead, Richardson would emerge from the Sailfish bullpen and be looked to close out the game. The Master’s Academy product responded by allowing only one run on a solo homerun by Jairo Veras. Richardson earned the save while tallying two strikeouts.