St. Thomas Bats Spoil Senior Night For Sailfish Baseball

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

The PBA Baseball Team Closed Out Their Home Slate at PBCC On WednesdayThe PBA Baseball Team Closed Out Their Home Slate at PBCC On Wednesday

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Welcoming in a visiting team for the final time during the 2008 baseball season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team took a tough loss on Wednesday night to a very solid St. Thomas University squad as the Bobcats earned a 14-6 victory.

One night after their remarkable comeback against Northwood University, the Sailfish were unable to duplicate results against yet another Florida Sun Conference opponent in St. Thomas. Their fifth matchup of the season, the Bobcats took the final four games against the Fish during the season.

Committing a season-high seven errors in the field, the PBA defense was certainly not up to their normal standards with a number of usually sure-handed fielders coming up with miscues behind the pitching of Sailfish starting pitcher Taylor McBath and his bullpen mates.

Coming off a strong outing against Florida Memorial, McBath was only able to go three innings tonight before leaving the ballgame with an apparent injury. For his statistical line, McBath was charged with four runs (three earned) and five hits while walking one and striking out one batter.

Senior Trevor Scribner entered with no warm-up time after the injury to McBath and was greeted by an array of hits from the Bobcats offense. Scribner finished the night with seven runs allowed although only four were earned. Oscer Cuevas, Dustin Ducasse, and Billy Schimidt rounded out the game on the mound for the Fish with Schmidt providing the best relief with a scoreless inning and two strkeouts.

On the offensive side, PBA was led by a two-hit performance from senior Zach Grau. Playing in his final homegame along with five other Sailfish teammates, Grau was joined by junior Joaquin Valdes in the multi-hit column with a 2-for-2 showing while also drawing a pair of walks and two runs driven in.

For St. Thomas, they jumped on the board early with a two-run homerun in the first inning off the bat of Anthony Paniagua while doing most of their offensive damage in the middle innings with five runs in the fourth, three in the fifth inning, and two more in the sixth inning.

Paniagua finished 4-for-5 in the game with five RBI’s and three runs scored of his own. Five other Bobcat hitters registered multi-hit games including a homerun from leadoff hitter Manny Escalona.

Danny Gonzalez earned the victory on the mound for STU with seven solid innings of work while allowing three earned runs and just four hits. He struck out three batters.

PBA has now concluded their home slate of their 2008 schedule and will hit the road for their remaining games including their next date on Saturday, April 19th as they travel to Southeastern University in Lakeland for a double-header beginning at 1 pm.

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