Sailfish Baseball Unable to Hold Down Florida Tech Bats in Loss
February 10, 2009
Written by PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown
MELBOURNE, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team hit the road for their fourth straight road game on Tuesday afternoon as they were greeted by a talented and dangerous offensive ball club in Florida Tech. The Panthers scored early and finished off the visiting Sailfish with a six-run fifth inning to put the game out of reach as they cruised to a 12-3 victory.
The Sailfish drop to 1-5 on the season as their struggles can closely be linked to their starting pitching struggling to hold down their opponents early in ballgames.
As was the case in their series this past weekend with Rollins College, PBA allowed themselves to get behind early before a solid showing from their bullpen stopped the bleeding.
Junior transfer Martin Suarez (0-2) received his second start of the young season and while once again showing signs of a possible standout for the Sailfish in his first season he also at times struggled with command as he allowed nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits while also walking two and striking out three.
After a solid first inning of work that saw Suarez register a pair of strikeouts, the Panthers quickly adjusted and plated four runs in the second inning.
The Fish would rebound with two of their own in the top of the third inning to cut the score deficit in half at 4-2 as sluggers Tony Livelsberger and Joaquin Valdes each registered RBI singles to get the Blue and White on the board.
Unfortunately for Suarez and the Sailfish defense, the Panthers would fire right back with two more runs in the bottom of the third inning to move back ahead by four runs.
Suarez exited in the fifth inning as he was relieved by left-hander Graham White who was tagged for seven hits allowed in two innings of work while allowing three earned runs.
Sophomore Chad Volbert tallied the final two innings in relief for PBA and allowed just one hit and no runs while striking out two.
PBA tacked on their final run in the eighth inning as Livelsberger leadoff with a double and eventually came around to score on a groundout by junior Scott Urbanek.
The Panthers finished with 15 hits on the afternoon while PBA connected for 10 hits of their own in the loss.
Livelsberger finished 2-for-5 on the day while freshman Michael Kutch shook off some recent struggles with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Five FIT hitters registered at least two hits.
The victory gives Florida Tech a 4-3 start to their season.
The Sailfish will look to rebound in their next game as they will travel to Florida Southern College for a three-game series this weekend as they open up on Friday, February 13th for a 3 p.m. matchup with the Moccasins. A double-header against FSC on Saturday is slated to start at 1 p.m.