PBA Unable to Hold Off St. Thomas in Game Two

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- While not nearly as explosive in terms of run production, the second game of the double-header between the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team and St. Thomas University did have its fair share of intense moments which witnessed the Bobcats come out on top 7-6 with an extra inning walk-off homerun.

After a combined 35 runs were scored in the opening game on Saturday, the first three innings for both clubs looked as if game two might be a pitcher’s duel as PBA’s Owen Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and STU’s Jesus Blanco matched each other virtually pitch for pitch while holding both teams scoreless through three frames.

The fourth inning however would result in losing the shutout by both hurlers as PBA struck first on one of the oddest plays of the season thus far. Senior Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) sent a high fly-ball toward Bobcats centerfielder Marlon Pasqual, with the sun bearing down on him, Pasqual lost the ball in the sun as the ball glanced off his head and rolled to the fence, allowing Grau to come all the way around for the game’s first run.

STU tied the game a half inning later as Lance Larimer connected for a solo homerun off of Grau to even the score.

Back to their strong hitting ways, PBA added on three more runs in the fifth. Zach Grau was once again the offensive driving force as his two-run double brought home the first two runs and eventually came around to score on a throwing error by the Bobcats catcher.

Continuing to be pesky, STU responded with two more runs of their own in their half of the fifth to keep the game close.

After PBA added their final two runs in the sixth on a two-run double from Nick Norley (N. Palm Beach, Fla.), the game looked to be well in control for the Fish.

The seventh inning however featured three runs scored by the Bobcats to force extra innings which proved valuable to STU freshman J.C. Gill who blasted the walk-off homerun to give St. Thomas the win and the double-header sweep.

The Fish now sit at 8-19 on the season. They return to the diamond for a busy upcoming week with three games in three days. PBA will open up the week on Wednesday with a 5 pm game against Warner Southern College.

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