Palm Beach Atlantic Baseball Puts Up Solid Fight Against #1-Ranked Lynn University
February 20, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- With a tough task at hand in hosting the #1-ranked team in the country in Lynn University (NCAA Division II), the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team produced a solid effort on Friday night but came away with a 6-0 defeat to the hands of their Palm Beach County rival.
The Sailfish (2-9) got a solid performance from junior right-hander Buddy Fisher (0-3) on Friday evening as he logged 6.1 innings against the mighty bats of LU. Keeping his team in the ballgame, Fisher held LU to only three runs until the seventh inning as they plated three more to finish off Fisher.
Relievers Aaron Rodewald and Dustin Ducasse came on to relieve Fisher and proved valuable in their own right as they held LU off the scoreboard for the final 2.2 innings. Ducasse struck out two in his only inning of work.
On the Fighting Knights side of things, they received a great overall effort from junior right-hander Dan Wright as he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before a single up the middle from PBA left-fielder Stephen Fowler broke open the hitless stint for Wright.
Pitching in his junior college home ball park at Palm Beach Community College, Wright looked right at home as he worked both sides of the plate effectively while proving dominant at times with 11 strikeouts. A quick worker on the mound, Wright also showed some wildness as well as he walked three and plunked two batters.
In the end however, Wright and the Knights worked out of a few jams and closed out the victory. Wright went eight strong innings while left-hander Mike Litrento pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.
Beyond the hit by Fowler, who also walked two times, first-baseman Tony Livelsberger tallied the other base-hit for the Fish with a single. Keith Clabaugh, the team’s regular catcher so far this season, reached twice as he was hit by two Wright pitches.
The Fish will look to rebound tomorrow afternoon as they make the short drive to square off against Lynn once again, this time in Boca Raton, Florida. First-pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. Both games of the double-header will be carried live and podcasted on the Sailfish Radio Network. Coverage begins at 11:45.