Florida Southern Earns Game One Victory Over PBA
February 14, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
LAKELAND, Fla.- While receiving a better starting pitching effort on Saturday afternoon in game one of a double-header, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was unable to hold off Florida Southern College late as they took the double-header opener by a score of 9-4.
Leading 5-3 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Mocs (5-3) pushed across four runs to extend their lead and extinguish any hopes of a PBA comeback as the loss drops the Sailfish to 1-7 to start the season.
Freshman Logan Thomas (0-2) rebounded from a tough debut last weekend against Rollins College with a much better performance today against FSC. The 6’1” Melbourne High School product threw 5.1 innings while allowing seven hits, four earned runs, while striking out one batter.
The Mocs jumped on Thomas and the Fish in the bottom of the first inning as they plated two runs to stake starter Stephen Batman to an early lead.
Palm Beach Atlantic got on the board in the fourth inning as freshman shortstop Jeff Moyer came through with a leadoff single followed by a double from Tony Livelsberger. Moyer would score on the play as he came home on a throwing error by the right-fielder.
Thomas would settle down from his shaky start as he didn’t allow another Florida Southern run to cross until the fifth inning. Two runs came in for Florida Southern in the fifth against Thomas before another one scored in the sixth to end the day of the young Thomas.
Fellow freshman Chad Volbert came on in relief and was hit hard for the first time this season as he lasted just 1.1 innings while allowing six hits and four runs. Sophomore right-hander Billy Schmidt relieved Volbert and tallied three strikeouts while allowing two hits and no runs in completing the final 1.1 innings of the ball-game.
PBA added two runs of their own in the top of the seventh inning as Scott Urbanek got things started with a leadoff walk followed by a single from right-fielder Michael Kutch. After a lineout by Mike Eissey allowed Urbanek to be doubled up for two outs, senior Nick Norley stepped to the plate and delivered a two-run homerun, his first of the season.
After the Mocs scored four more times in their half of the seventh inning, the only other run support Florida Southern could muster would be Moyer scoring on a groundout by Keith Clabaugh.
Batman (2-1) went seven strong innings for the Moccasins scattering six hits and allowing just the two earned runs while striking out eight. Patrick Szczerba logged the final two innings for the Mocs in relief.
Livelsberger finished with three hits for PBA while Moyer added in a 2-for-4 showing at the plate with a pair of runs scored.