Marathon Game Lands in the Hands of Emmanuel College at NCCAA Regional

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga.- After eight innings, 23 runs, and 28 hits, the Emmanuel College baseball team overtook Palm Beach Atlantic University on Friday in the second game for the Sailfish at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) regional baseball tournament. EC edged PBA 12-11 in extra innings.

Facing a dilemma that has plagued the Sailfish for much of the season, the PBA bullpen once again was unable to hold onto a lead late in the game as Emmanuel pulled away with a pair of runs in each of the final three innings to earn the victory.

Five PBA players recorded multi-hit games including a team-high three hits from leadoff hitter Scott Urbanek as the slick-fielding centerfielder finished 3-for-3 with four runs scored and two runs driven in. He also cranked his second homerun of the season while adding in a walk and a stolen base.

The middle of the order also did their fair share of damage as well with Zach Grau, Tony Livelsberger, and Joaquin Valdes each producing a pair of hits. Grau and Livelsberger each added in three RBI’s while Valdes remained perfect on the day at the plate with a pair of walks.

Junior outfielder Nick Norley finished his day in the batters box by going 2-for-5 for the Sailfish.

Owen Grau earned the starting nod on the mound for the Fish but was roughed up a bit as he tallied three innings of work while allowing seven hits and six earned runs. Four PBA relievers would follow and run into similar problems against the potent EC offense.

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