Win Streak Moves to Five as Palm Beach Atlantic Baseball Continues Hot Streak
March 12, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Welcoming in yet another out-of-state opponent in Molloy College, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team continues to separate themselves from their early season struggles as the Fish tallied their fifth win in a row with a 8-1 victory over Molloy College on Wednesday evening.
Freshman Peter Rodriguez, who has been used in a variety of roles for PBA head coach Rob Avila this season, earned the starting nod, and while he didn’t earn the victory, he did provide proof of a solid baseball career ahead with four solid innings in which the 6’2” right-hander allowed only three hits and one earned run.
Blessed with a fastball that lights up the radar gun with impressive velocity, Rodriguez continues to hone his skills as he registered five strikeouts while also issuing three walks.
A trio of Sailfish relievers closed out the victory for PBA as Trevor Scribner (San Jose, Calif.), Oscar Cuevas (Islandia, N.Y./Dominican Republic), and Dustin Ducasse (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) each added in a scoreless appearance. With a pair of scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth inning, Scribner earned the victory.
In what is becoming a very effective trend, the PBA offense once again jumped ahead in the early going as the Fish posted a three spot in the first inning of their contest versus Molloy.
This time the rally started with two outs and nobody on as senior Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) singled followed by a run-scoring double from sophomore Tony Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa.). Slugging third-baseman Joaquin Valdes (Miami, Fla.) followed up Livelsberger’s hit with a two-run homerun that sailed over the right-field fence to give PBA the early advantage.
After erupting for their first inning scores, the PBA offense would be held in check until the middle inning where they would cross the plate in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
Livelsberger finished out a career day at the plate by going 5-for-5, scoring three runs, and even adding in a stolen base. Valdes was next in line in both the batting order and hit collection as he totaled a 3-for-5 day at the dish while driving in two runs and scoring another. Catcher Josh Santos (Miramar, Fla.) continued his hot hitting as well with a pair of doubles in his only two at-bats.
Now 7-17 on the season, PBA will now turn their attention to an upcoming three-game weekend series with St. Thomas University. The Fish and Bobcats open up play on Friday with a 6 pm showdown followed up by a double-header on Saturday beginning with a first-pitch of 1 pm. All three games will be played in Miami Gardens, Florida.