Sailfish Baseball Earns Mid-Week Victory Over St. Thomas University
February 18, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Getting off to a good start to another busy week, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team held on late on Wednesday evening as they pulled out a 11-9 victory over the visiting Bobcats of St. Thomas University at Palm Beach Gardens High School. Sophomore Billy Schmidt came on in ninth inning to close the door on a tight victory for PBA.
The Sailfish (2-8) overcame a rough start on Wednesday as the Bobcats (1-10) scored three times in the first inning. PBA came back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning as super freshman Jeff Moyer followed a leadoff walk to Scott Urbanek with his first collegiate homerun.
STU tacked on another run in the second-inning before the Fish tied things up at four runs each with two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. The pair of runs in the third inning were brought in by an RBI single from Nick Norley and another run coming home to score on a wild-pitch.
The Bobcats weren’t done on the offensive end however as they matched up against PBA starter Martin Suarez. STU scored another single run in the fourth inning followed by two more in the fifth inning that closed the book on Suarez. Suarez pitching line included allowing 11 hits and seven earned runs while walking five and striking out three in five innings of work.
Freshmen relievers would follow for the Sailfish first with a pair of scoreless innings from Carlos Hechavarria while striking out three batters and then 1.2 innings of work from lefty Graham White. Schmidt came on to record the final out in the ninth to earn his second save.
The middle innings proved valuable to PBA who scored twice in the fifth inning followed by three more in the sixth inning. Big hits came from on a two-run double by catcher Keith Clabaugh, an RBI triple from Vasilios Mila, and a run-scoring single from Michael Kutch.
Tony Livelsberger finished his evening with three hits as the Hanover, Pennsylvania native finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. The middle-of-the-order for the Fish did a majority of the damage with Mila and Kutch finishing with a pair of hits while Nick Norley capped his day with three hits in four trips to the plate.
PBA will host Lynn University at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 20th for their next outing. That game will be played at PBCC with the game being called live on the Sailfish Radio Network.