PBA Pulls 2-2 Draw With Top Seeded Fresno Pacific
May 21, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
MASON, Ohio – Palm Beach Atlantic played perhaps their greatest game of the season against No. 1 seed Fresno Pacific University on Thursday evening at the NCCAA World Series, with the pool play’s three hour time limit halting the game after nine innings and the final score at 2-2 from Legends Field.
Fans of old-fashioned baseball were treated with a dandy, as both teams displayed solid pitching, lots of hitting, and timely defensive gems. PBA outhit FPU 10-8 on the day, while the combination of Tyler Scheuer, Sean Horner, Phil DiLandro and Eric Russell walked just four during the game.
All the scoring for the game came over a two inning stretch, with Fresno Pacific breaking the scoring open with a single run in the top of the sixth. The Sailfish came back with a run of their own thanks to a Peter Rivera RBI single that brought home Andres Vazquez, who tripled to start the inning.
In the very next inning, Palm Beach Atlantic narrowly avoided a huge inning by Fresno Pacific when Brian Walker threw a man out at the plate for the first out of the inning. A bases-loaded infield single allowed the Sunbirds’ second run of the game to score, but a strikeout and groundout ended the threat.
Freshman Jake Summey led off the home half of the seventh with an infield single and moved to third on a Sean Visconti single down the right field line. After Chris Farrell drew a walk to load the bases, FPU turned to their closer to face Vazquez. With the tying run 90 feet away, a wild pitch brought home a diving Summey to knot the score back up at 2-2.
With the game’s excitement mounting, the Sunbirds got the first two men of the eighth inning aboard, but had their rally halted by the excellent play in right field by Summey. For the first out of the inning he ran down a ball in the right-center field gap and held the runners at first and second, but that was merely his first act. For his next trick, the rookie made a highlight-reel catch in the gap and then doubled the runner off second for the inning-ending double play.
Unfortunately for PBA, they were unable to get the offense going the rest of the way, and the game ended in a tie.
Tomorrow’s game against Toccoa Falls is now a must-win for Palm Beach Atlantic, who is 2-0-1 in pool play. Fresno Pacific has punched a ticket to the semi-finals, while Toccoa Falls enters tomorrow’s game with a 2-1 record. The rematch of the South Regional Final will begin Friday Morning at 11:00 am at Prasco Park.