Franklin Pierce Wears Down Sailfish in Nine Inning Battle
March 20, 2008
JUPITER, Fla.- While not breaking, the Palm Beach Atlantic University pitching staff did bend on Thursday evening as the Sailfish pitching staff worked in an out of trouble all night while Franklin Pierce scored early and often and took Thursday’s contest by a final score of 12-4.
Playing the first of two back-to-back games with the Ravens, tomorrow’s matchup is set to take place at 6 pm at Palm Beach Community College between the #6-ranked Ravens and the Fish.
PBA took an early lead in Thursday’s game, which was played at the Roger Dean Complex in Jupiter, Florida, by scoring a run in their half of the first. Shortstop Nick Norley (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) came through with a one-out double and came around to score on a throwing error by the Raven’s catcher.
PBA starter Issac Hicks (St. Louis, Mo.) looked sharp in the first inning and possibly poised for a solid outing against one of the best offensive units in the nation. That however would not be the case on this night as Hicks totaled five innings while allowing 10 hits, seven runs (five earned) and striking out three and walking three batters.
The Sailfish defense didn’t exactly give its best performance either to support Hicks or his teammates out of the bullpen as the Fish committed a season-high six errors.
Left-hander Dustin Ducasse (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) had perhaps the most solid outing of the night as the junior notched 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing just one run.
Norley once again led the Sailfish offensive attack as the junior tallied a 2-4 performance at the plate while scoring a run and driving in another. Left-fielder Billy Falconio (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) chipped in a double.
On the Raven’s side, leadoff hitter Jake Christman finished the evening 4-5 in addition to driving in four runs and scoring three more runs.
Mixing his pitches in and out all night long, FPU hurler Kyle Vasquez earned the win for the Ravens with six solid innings, allowing all four Sailfish runs (two earned) while giving up seven hits in total. The right-hander also added in five strikeouts and two walks. Lefty Tom Cote earned the three inning save and allowed only one hit and kept the Sailfish from any chance at a comeback.