Barry Blasts PBA for Second Straight Game to Start 2008 Campaign
February 2, 2008
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Facing a similar fate as their season opener the day before, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team couldn’t keep the Buccaneers of Barry University off the scoreboard on Saturday and dropped game one of their scheduled double-header by a final tally of 22-5.
Barry (2-0) started the game off on a high note against PBA starting pitcher Issac Hicks (St. Louis, Mo.) with a four-run outburst in the first inning. Making his debut in a Sailfish uniform, Hicks (0-1) was roughed up for eight hits and eight runs in three innings of work before being pulled.
Unfortunately for the Fish, the PBA bullpen didn’t fare to much better against the heavy-hitting attack of the Bucs as they belted out 20 hits and scored in every inning but the second and ninth innings.
Right-hander Trevor Scribner (San Jose, Calif.) gave head coach Rob Avila some much needed relief by working 1 2/3 innings of scoreless action on the mound while allowing only one hit and striking out two batters.
Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) provided a solid offensive spark by contributing two hits in four trips to the plate including a long two-run homer in the bottom half of the third which got the Fish on the scoreboard. Grau was joined in the multiple-hit column by sophomore Tony Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa.) who went 2-4.
Barry shortstop and leadoff hitter Nick Shaw continued his solid start to the season by reaching base five times in six at-bats which driving in five. Shaw came through with an early triple that put Barry out in front for good.
Yudelmus Hernandez, one of Barry’s many power threats, unleashed his first homerun of the season against Hicks while finishing with two total hits and three runs batted in.
Brian Milanes started the contest for Barry but was unable to work out of trouble in the fifth inning and qualify for the victory. Robbie Conver (1-0) would come on in relief and toss the next four innings to the tune of only two hits allowed and no runs. Brian Mastin finished out the game for BU with a perfect ninth inning of relief.