Team Effort Lifts PBA Baseball to Home Win Over No. 3-Ranked Nova Southeastern
April 14, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- For the second time this season the Sailfish baseball team knocked off highly-ranked Nova Southeastern University at Rubin Park as Tuesday evening saw four Palm Beach Atlantic hurlers combine to take out the Sharks by a score of 3-2.
Sophomore Sean Horner (Win, 2-1) went the final 3.2 innings to claim the win as he allowed only one hit and no runs while striking out five batters. His biggest strikeout out of the night came to get NSU catcher Michael Hernandez to end the game as batterymate Jorge Bravo completed the punchout with a throw to first.
Young players stepping up in key situations was the story of the night for the ‘Fish as they trailed 2-1 into the sixth inning only to witness back-to-back two-out hits from the freshmen duo of Kyle Simon and Kevin Fry to put them up 3-2.
From there it was all Horner as he shut down the heavy-hitting Sharks lineup in the final three innings to pick up his second win of the season.
The night began with some dominant work from two members of PBA’s usual weekend rotation as junior Josh Turner and freshmen Kyle Polaski each posted a pair of scoreless frames. Both righties tallied five strikeouts each as NSU combined to strikeout 11 times in the first 12 outs they recorded.
PBA got on the board in the second inning when Brian Walker led off with a single and moved to second-base on a throwing error. After Walker then swiped third, one of his four steals on the night, he came in to score on a NSU error.
Things stayed 1-0 until the fifth when NSU took advantage of three hits and a PBA error as they temporarily moved in front 2-1.
The Sailfish then answered in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of a leadoff single from Walker and two more stolen bases from the senior which setup Simon’s game-tying double and then Fry’s go-ahead single up the middle.
Walker finished 3-for-4 on the night with two runs scored while five other Sailfish hitters collected one hit each.
PBA will come back to Rubin Park on Friday, April 17th when they host Lynn University for a 6 pm first pitch. The University will honor former baseball head coach Gary Carter with a pregame ceremony as he will be inducted into the PBA Sports Hall of Fame and have his jersey No. 8 officially retired.