Sailfish Come Out Swinging as PBA Pounds Florida Memorial on the Diamond
April 9, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Coming just at the right time, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team broke out of their recent slump as they soared to an 11-0 shutout on Wednesday evening over Florida Memorial University on a beautiful night in Palm Beach Gardens.
Pounding out 16 hits, the Sailfish also rode the solid starting pitching of freshman Taylor McBath who earned his first collegiate victory with five shutout innings of two-hit ball while striking out five batters. Senior Owen Grau made his second consecutive positive appearance out of the PBA bullpen as he notched three innings of work while striking out six men and allowing only two hits.
After being held scoreless in the first inning, the Sailfish didn’t waste anymore time as they scored at least one run in five of the next six frames.
Freshman utility player Jesse Gibbs produced a career night at the plate to lead the Fish offensively. A talented right-handed bat for head coach Rob Avila, Gibbs finished 4-for-5 with five RBI’s while scoring two runs. Gibbs finished his evening with a pair of doubles and a triple to help aide the Sailfish attack.
Other offensive standouts for PBA included sophomore Tony Livelsberger who completed the game 3-for-5 with three RBI’s including his seventh homerun of the season. Slugging third-baseman Joaquin Valdes added in a 2-for-2 performance with a pair of walks and four runs scored.
Junior Mike Eissey chipped in a double and two walks off the PBA bench.
Now 12-26 on the season, PBA will look to continue their momentum with a game next week against Northwood University on April 15th at Palm Beach Gardens High School with first pitch scheduled for 7 pm.