Starters Struggle as Lynn Outlasts PBA in Baseball Action
April 8, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
BOCA RATON, Fla.- In a matchup of Palm Beach County rivals, the Lynn University baseball team came out on top against Palm Beach Atlantic University on Tuesday evening as both teams scored early and often before Lynn pulled away in the middle innings by a final score of 12-8.
Now 2-1 against the Fish this season, the #17-ranked Fighting Knights certainly had to work for their win on this night as the Sailfish plated four runs in the first inning to take early command of the contest.
That lead would be short-lived for PBA however as Lynn fought back with three runs in the first, two in the second, and three more in the third inning to take the lead for good. All these runs unfortunately came against PBA freshman right-hander Peter Rodriguez.
A hard-throwing product of Westminster Christian in Miami, Florida, Rodriguez was unable to duplicate the results he had against Lynn in his previous outing against the Knights when he went seven strong innings and struck out eight.
Tonight was certainly not his night as Rodriguez allowed 11 hits, nine runs (seven earned), in 3 2/3 innings of work. Buddy Fisher, a starter for much of the season, came out of the PBA bullpen and threw the next 3 1/3 and allowed three earned runs and struck out one.
Reliever Oscar Cuevas finished out the game for PBA with a scoreless frame.
As previously mentioned, the Fish seemed to start with great promise as the first two runs of the ballgame came around to score when sophomore Tony Livelsberger delivered a two-run single while freshman Jesse Gibbs added an RBI double and Billy Falconio chipped in a run-scoring groundout; all this before the Sailfish defense took the field.
Despite adding another run in the second inning on an RBI single from Mariano Jimenez, the Fish wouldn’t again get the bats going until a three-run ninth inning which proved to be too little too late.
Mark Jarvis and Livelsberger both finished with three hits each in the game while left-fielder Zach Grau added in two hits including a double.
Center-fielder Daniel Flores produced a great night at the plate for Lynn as he recorded a 3-for-4 performance with two runs scored. Slugging combo Joe Arminio and Gabe MacDougall also connected for big games for the Knights as they both delivered homers, their 12th and 16th of the season respectively.
Now 11-26 on the season, PBA will return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon as they take on Florida Memorial College at 7 pm. Play is scheduled for Palm Beach Gardens High School.