Rollins College Slams Sailfish Baseball with Opening Win on Saturday
February 7, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WINTER PARK, Fla.- In the first of two games scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Alfond Stadium on the campus of Rollins College, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team once again had trouble holding down the slugging Tars lineup as RC belted out 22 hits on their way to a 15-6 victory over the Fish in game one of the double-header.
After a scoreless first inning, PBA freshman Logan Thomas (0-1) began to see the mighty Tars bats come alive as they drove home three runs in the second inning, three in the third inning, and five more in the fifth inning to stretch their lead to double-digits.
A very promising prospect and a product of Melbourne High School, Thomas was making his debut for the Fish as he exited after giving up 14 hits and 10 earned runs in 3.1 innings of work.
His counterpart was RC’s Tim Griffin who went the necessary five innings to get the victory before giving way to three Tars relievers.
Relieving Thomas was two more Sailfish newcomers in Carlos Hechavarria and Chad Volbert who were each making their second appearances. Volbert pitched the final 1.2 innings for the Fish and came away allowing only two hits and no runs while registering a strikeout.
At the plate the Fish continued to produce as they have through their first four games of the season with six more runs including five in the eighth inning off of Rollins pitcher Andrew Loynaz. The Fish registered their first run in the third inning on an RBI double from junior Vasilios Mila.
The big eighth inning for the Fish was highlighted by a bases-clearing double from junior Mike Eissey who drove in Michael Kutch, Joaquin Valdes, and Mila.
Mila finished the day 2-for-5 at the plate to lead the Sailfish while Valdes also registered two hits. Leadoff man Scott Urbanek scored a run while drawing three walks.
Five Tars hitters registered at least three hits including a big performance from third base-man Ryan Luker who was 4-for-4 with two homeruns while driving in six runs to aide the Rollins cause.