Win Streak Continues as Sailfish Open Weekend Series with Bobcats

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team continued their recent torrid stretch on Friday evening as they earned their sixth consecutive victory to the tune of a 10-5 pounding of St. Thomas University on Friday night in the opener of a three-game weekend series.

Once again not wasting anytime to score runs, the Sailfish gave PBA starter Issac Hicks (St. Louis, Mo.) a comfortable lead to work with by crossing home plate five times in their first at-bat.

Senior Mariano Jimenez (Bradenton, Fla.) got things started with a leadoff walk followed closely by a single from junior outfielder Nick Norley (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) to put the Fish in business. Senior Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) would then follow with a RBI single to plate Jimenez for the game’s first run.

An RBI double from slugger Tony Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa.) followed Grau’s hit and put runners on the corners for third-baseman Joaquin Valdes (Miami, Fla.) who blasted a long three-run homerun to give the Fish their commanding early lead.

St. Thomas didn’t lie down after the early deficit however and made a game of it by pushing across a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the second inning. The Bobcats would even tie the game temporarily with another pair in the bottom of the fourth inning as the score became knotted at five.

The Sailfish scoring would be subsided until the sixth inning when PBA would once again chip away at the Bobcat pitching staff and score another five unanswered runs for the victory.

PBA freshman Jesse Gibbs (Port Republic, Md.) continued his flare for the dramatic hit by collecting a two-run triple in the sixth inning to give the Sailfish the lead for good.

Norley paced the 12 hit-attack for Palm Beach Atlantic by totaling a 3-5 day at the plate and scoring a pair of runs as he continues to prove valuable for head coach Rob Avila out of the number two spot in the batting order.

Zach Grau, Valdes, and Gibbs all totaled two hits each while Valdes drove in four runs to lead the middle of the order for PBA.

Hicks finished his night on the hill for PBA after throwing six innings and allowing five runs to earn the victory. Freshman Brett Richardson (Orlando, Fla.) closed out the victory for PBA and earned a save by tossing three scoreless innings while allowing only one hit and striking out one batter.

PBA returns to the diamond on Saturday afternoon for a 1 pm showdown with St. Thomas in the first-game of a scheduled double-header.

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