Sailfish Baseball Drops Second Contest to Franklin Pierce
March 21, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- For the second consecutive day, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was turned back by #6-ranked Franklin Pierce University this time by a final score of 14-5. PBA fell to the Ravens 12-5 in Thursday’s game as PBA’s record now sits at 8-22.
The Ravens didn’t wait long to jump on top of the Sailfish as they scored five runs in their first at-bat off PBA starter Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.). Grau would settle down over the next few innings and keep the game close, however the Fish would never get closer than four runs as the Ravens pulled away with more offensive production in the middle innings.
The Fish answered the big first inning by Franklin Pierce with a run of their own as sophomore Tony Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa.) delivered an RBI single, scoring Grau who reached earlier on a bunt single.
PBA would also chip in two runs in the fifth to draw closer as freshman Jesse Gibbs (Port Republic, Md.) earned an RBI groundout and Grau once again came through with a run-scoring single. The Fish also added in two runs in the ninth inning that came around to score against FPU reliever James Palmer.
Freshman relievers Billy Schmidt (Mount Dora, Fla.) and Brett Richardson (Orlando, Fla.) each threw a scoreless frame in relief for PBA with Schmidt striking out the side in the eighth inning.
The Ravens were led by designated hitter Derek Ingui and centerfielder Kevin Renaud who each posted three-hit performances. Renaud did the most damage by driving in four runs and scoring three more in addition to his solid showing at the plate. Just as he did last night, Renaud turned in a couple of very solid plays in centerfield.
Grau took the loss for PBA while totaling 5 1/3 innings and allowing 14 hits, 12 runs (eight earned), walking two, and striking out one. Raven’s starter Brian Maloney earned the victory on the mound for FPU.
PBA will take the holiday weekend off and return to action on Tuesday, March 25th when they host Palm Beach County rival Lynn University. First pitch is scheduled for 6 pm at PBCC.