Top-Ranked Lynn University Too Strong for Sailfish in Saturday Opener
February 21, 2009
Written By: PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown
BOCA RATON, Fla.- While the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team continues to receive better starting pitching, it hasn’t yet resulted in a victory for the Fish as they dropped another tough decision on Saturday in the opening game of a scheduled double-header with #1-Ranked Lynn University. The top-ranked Fighting Knights came away with a 7-2 victory over the Sailfish.
Now 11-1 to start the season while also currently holding down the #1 ranking in all of NCAA Division II baseball, Lynn University rode another strong starting pitching performance, this time out of right-hander Daniel Rouah (2-1) who tossed eight innings while allowing only three hits and striking out seven batters.
The Sailfish received their own solid outing from freshman Logan Thomas (0-3) who finished off six innings on the hill while allowing nine hits and four earned runs. The 6’1” right-hander from Melbourne, Florida walked six batters and struck out two.
The Knights struck early in the ball game as they plated two runs in the first inning when Daniel Flores laid down a two-out bunt single and then came around to score on a base-hit from Chris Chavez. Backup catcher Brad Foutch then delivered a run-scoring double to give LU an early 2-0 lead.
After tacking on another run in the second inning on a leadoff homerun from Jason Ten Eyck, LU would be held mostly in check by Thomas who gave up just one more run which came across to score in the fourth inning.
Chad Volbert pitched in relief for PBA and was hit for three runs in two innings of work while giving up only two hits.
The Fish got on the board in ninth inning when Keith Clabaugh drove in two runs with a double down the left-field line against reliver Justin Figart. Nick Norley was gunned down at the plate to end the ball game as the Fish tried to score three times on the Clabaugh double.
The Knights had eight hits in the game including a team-high three from Chavez who finished 3-for-4 while Foutch and Ten Eyck each added in two hits while Ten Eyck drove in three runs.
PBA first-baseman Tony Livelsberger paced PBA’s five hit attack with a run scored and a 2-for-3 showing at the plate in game one.