Sailfish Score Plenty But Unable to Hold Down Rollins College
February 6, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WINTER PARK, Fla.- After three games into the young season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team has yet to score less than seven runs in a game. However, with an 0-3 start after a tough 13-7 defeat on Friday night to the hands of Rollins College, the Sailfish pitching staff has yet to hold an opponent to less than 11 runs a game.
The Sailfish jumped ahead in the top of the first-inning after a Vasilios Mila single followed by a stolen base by Mila to move him into scoring position. He would come home on an RBI single from Joaquin Valdes who finished the afternoon 4-for-4 at the plate.
Unfortunately for the Sailfish, starting pitcher Buddy Fisher would run into trouble from the very start as the Tars batted around in the first inning to the tune of four runs. They would tack on another run in the second and four more in the third before Fisher exited the ballgame. Expected to be the team’s top starter, Fisher was perhaps a little rusty in his first start of the season after battling a nagging ankle injury the past week.
Fisher finished by allowing 11 hits and 10 earned runs in his three innings of work with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.
PBA added in a run of their own in the second inning after a leadoff walk to Michael Kutch who promptly stole second-base. After back-to-back strikeouts, PBA senior Nick Norley plated the next run on a single followed by a throwing error by the Tars second-baseman.
The Fish would be held off the scoreboard from that point on until plating five runs in the last two innings to draw the game closer.
Homeruns by Tony Livelsberger and Valdes highlighted the big innings for the Fish as their comeback attempt came just short.
After Fisher was lifted, head coach Rob Avila turned to his bullpen and brought in newcomer Dan McIldoon for his second appearance of the season who responded with a solid two inning outing. Senior left-hander Dustin Ducasse also had a nice showing in his 2009 debut with three innings of just one hit and one run allowed.
The Sailfish will look to bounce back on Saturday as they will once again take on the Tars in a double-header at Alfond Stadium. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1 p.m.