Sailfish End Losing Skid Behind Powerful Pitching Performance from Rodriguez
March 25, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Freshman Peter Rodriguez gave his Sailfish teammates a big lift on Tuesday night as the big right-hander tossed seven impressive innings and helped lead the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team to a much needed 5-2 victory over Palm Beach County rival Lynn University.
Mixing his pitches throughout the evening, the 6’2” right-handed Rodriguez (1-1) struck out eight Fighting Knights in seven innings while allowing six hits and only one earned run. Fellow freshman Brett Richardson (Orlando, Fla.) closed out the game with a solid ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.
The Sailfish offense got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the third to stake Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) to an early lead. A two-out run-scoring double from senior Mark Jarvis followed up by another sharp base-hit from Zach Grau gave the Fish the early advantage.
With Rodriguez cruising, Lynn finally got on the board with a single run in the top of the sixth inning to break up the shutout as a sacrifice fly from Jason Ten Eyck scored teammate Gabe MacDougall to cut the Sailfish lead in half.
PBA would quickly respond however as Jarvis once again got things going with a leadoff single up the middle. Moved up in the batting order due to a late scratch of junior Nick Norley, Jarvis certainly responded well for head coach Rob Avila as Jarvis connected for two hits while also scoring three runs and driving in one.
Jarvis would come around to score as sophomore Tony Livelsberger was retired on a double-play.
With Rodriguez lifted after his strong seven inning stint, the Palm Beach Atlantic bullpen was aided by a single run off the Knights bullpen in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
PBA seenior Trevor Scribner earned the hold by pitching the eighth inning and despite working into trouble came away by only allowing one run. Douglas Toro, the Fighting Knights third-baseman, paced the nine-hit attack for Lynn by going 3-for-5.
Grau joined Jarvis in the two-hit club for PBA as the Sailfish tallied seven hits while also earning five walks.
Lynn righty Kevin Rickert (2-2) took the loss after posting five innings on the mound and allowing four hits, two earned runs, and striking out three. The loss drops Lynn to 21-10 on the season and knots up the season series with the Fish at one game apiece with two more contests scheduled for later in the season, both to be played in Boca Raton.