Crazy Game Ends With PBA on Top After Huge Comeback Against Northwood
April 15, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Trailing 9-1 after five innings, the outlook appeared fairly bleak for the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team on Tuesday night against Northwood University. The outcome would prove much different however as the Sailfish plated 12 runs against the Seahawks in an amazing seventh inning stretch and ended up with an improbable 16-11 victory.
While only accumulating five hits in their biggest one inning outburst of the season, the Sailfish were equally aided by the wildness and ineffectiveness of the Seahawks pitching staff and defense as NU walked six consecutive batters in the inning while the defense committed two costly errors.
The biggest hit of the inning came from the Sailfish third-baseman, Joaquin Valdes, who lifted a long three-run homerun over the left-field fence to cap the scoring in the seventh for PBA.
With freshman Peter Rodriguez sent to the hill for the Fish, NU quickly proved why they have won 32 games coming into the night as they plated a run in the first, followed by four more in the second inning and three in the third inning to take a commanding lead entering the middle innings.
PBA earned their first run of the game in the first inning as well when leadoff man Scott Urbanek walked followed by a stolen base and passed ball. Urbanek would come in to score on a Zach Grau RBI groundout.
After a rough start from Rodriguez on the hill, the Sailfish bullpen and provided adequate relief which enabled the Sailfish offense to get to work.
Freshman right-hander Brett Hammann did a solid job coming from the pen as he pitched hitless ball for three innings while allowing just one unearned run in three innings of work. Left-hander Douglas Grahm, who earned the victory for the Fish, tossed a solid frame himself while also allowing just one unearned score.
Billy Schmidt and Buddy Fisher rounded out the game by tossing an inning each with Fisher recording a pair of strikeouts including a punchout to end the long contest.
PBA’s leading hitter entering tonight’s action, Zach Grau continued his solid approach at the plate with a 1-for-4 performance including three runs batted in, two runs scored, and a walk to his credit. Table-setters Urbanek and Nick Norley both did admirable jobs in the first two spots in the order as both crossed the plate three times each as they both collected a pair of hits.
Senior shortstop Billy Falconio also put together a solid night at the plate with a 2-for-3 night including a pair of walks and two runs batted in.
Palm Beach Atlantic will wrap up their home slate tomorrow evening as they host St. Thomas University for a 6 pm showdown at PBCC.