Sailfish Battle Back Against Rollins College and Earn First Victory of the Season
February 7, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WINTER PARK, Fla.- Showing some toughness, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team battled back from a tough 15-6 defeat in their opener against Rollins College on Saturday afternoon by coming back with a 9-7 victory in the second game of the double-header to earn their first victory of the 2009 season.
Sophomore Taylor McBath made an effective 2009 debut for the Sailfish as the 6’7” right-hander must have felt right at home as the Orlando, Florida native took on the Tars from nearby Winter Park as he registered five innings of work to earn the victory before giving way to a solid effort from the PBA bullpen.
McBath (1-0) ended the day by allowing five earned runs with four walks and three strikeouts. Dan McIldoon made his second appearance of the weekend series with one inning of work followed by a scoreless final inning from Billy Schmidt who earned the save in impressive fashion with two strikeouts.
The Sailfish got on the board early with runs coming across the plate in their first three innings including three touching home plate in the second inning.
Vasilios Mila leadoff the ball game with his first homerun of the season as the junior college transfer followed up a solid performance in game one with another solid showing in game two as he reached base four times with two hits and two walks.
The second inning outburst began with a one out walk to catcher Keith Clabaugh followed by a double from Stephen Fowler and an RBI groundout from Nick Norley plated Clabaugh.
After a walk to Mila, the speedy second-baseman stole second-base then moved to third while Fowler sprinted home on a passed ball by the Tars catcher. An opposite field double from freshman shortstop Jeff Moyer plated Mila for the third and final run of the inning.
PBA added an insurance run in the fourth inning as Mila had an RBI double that scored Norley who walked to start the inning.
Moyer finished with another solid outing as the freshman shortstop went 3-fo-3 while Joaquin Valdes, Scott Urbanek, and Mila all registered two hits each.
Needing to hold off a late rally by the Tars as they plated three runs each in the fifth and sixth innings, Schmidt was able to close the door in the seventh inning for his first save of the season and earn PBA their first victory as they now move to 1-4.
Their next contest will come on Tuesday, February 10th as they travel to Florida Tech to take on the Panthers in a 2 p.m. showdown.