NSU Sharks Continue Recent Success Over Sailfish Baseball Squad
May 3, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
DAVIE, Fla.- In what turned out to be a tune-up of sorts for the Palm Beach Atlantic University pitching staff, their Saturday afternoon match up with Nova Southeastern University ended up in the hands of the Sharks as they took the final regular season contest from the Sailfish by a final score of 12-7.
Completing their season sweep over the Fish, NSU jumped out on top of PBA with two runs in the second inning followed by two more in the fifth inning. The Sharks put the game out of reach as they exploded for six runs in the sixth inning before witnessing the Sailfish chip away to their big lead in the late innings.
Junior Buddy Fisher earned the starting nod and finished his day with two innings pitched. Freshmen Taylor McBath and Peter Rodriguez were next in line followed by action from Oscar Cuevas and senior Zach Grau.
The Fish got on the board in their half of the sixth inning as infielder Joaquin Valdes connected for his tenth homerun of the season, one of four long-balls that PBA would hit on the day.
A solo homerun from senior Zach Grau added in another run in the eighth inning before the Fish really got things going in the ninth inning as they plated five runs before the Sharks retired the side and came away with a 12-7 win.
Freshman catcher Joshua Santos got things started in the last inning with a leadoff solo shot that allowed the Miami, Florida native a chance to circle the bases.
After three consecutive walks loaded the bases, sophomore centerfielder Scott Urbanek stepped in and delivered a grand-slam, his first homerun of the season that gave PBA some hope. That would be as far as the Sailfish would get however as the Sharks retired the next three batters to close out the inning and the game.
Now 15-29 on the season, PBA will look to rebound as they travel to Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia next week for the upcoming NCCAA South Regional tournament.