Moccasins Score Early and Often Against PBA on the Baseball Diamond
February 13, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
LAKELAND, Fla.- It was a rough start to the weekend on Friday evening for the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team as they were handed a 16-2 loss by Florida Southern College at Henleyt Field. The Mocs scored four in the first inning followed by five more in the second and four more crossed home in the third inning to give the FSC pitching staff more than enough run support.
Florida Southern (4-3) came out swinging against PBA starting pitcher Buddy Fisher as the Mocs chased the PBA junior right-hander after only two innings of work as he was charged with nine hits allowed, nine runs, while also hitting three batters.
The Mocs registered a 17-hit attack on the way to their 16 run outburst while doing it with consistency as they did not register a homerun but did manage four doubles and two triples against the Sailfish pitching staff.
In relief of Fisher (0-2) was freshman Carlos Hechavarria who was greeted by allowing four earned runs in his only inning of work. Senior left-hander Dustin Ducasse was the next option out of head coach Rob Avila’s bullpen and responded with a solid five inning stint.
Ducasse registered three strikeouts and allowed only three earned runs in his five innings of work.
The Fish were limited to five hits in the ball game as they pushed across their only two runs of the contest in the ninth inning. Senior left-fielder Nick Norley finished 3-for-4 at the plate including a double.
Keith Clabaugh added in an RBI double in the ninth while Norley had the other RBI on a run-scoring single.
The Sailfish and Mocs will be back at it again on Saturday as the two teams are set to tangle in a double-header with first-pitch slated for 1 p.m.