Big Bats of Barry University Too Strong for Sailfish at Home

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Nick Norley (Pictured) Led Off the Ballgame for the Fish With a Solo Homerun. Nick Norley (Pictured) Led Off the Ballgame for the Fish With a Solo Homerun.

Box Score

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Playing in the cozy confines of the Dwyer High School field on Wednesday evening, the Barry University baseball team capitalized with 11 hits including five that left the ballpark as they took care of business against Palm Beach Atlantic University by a final score of 12-6. A busy week with back-to-back games against Sunshine State Conference opponents, the loss drops PBA to 2-13 on the season.

With a number of key victories all ready this season, the Buccaneers (9-2) took advantage of the smaller ballpark provided on Wednesday evening as they collected five homeruns while the Sailfish added in one of their own.

Facing starting pitcher Carlos Hechavarria (1-2), the Buccaneers demonstrated a somewhat all or nothing offensive approach as they tagged the young right-hander with nine runs (seven earned) in five innings of work while the Hialeah, Florida native also had eight strikeouts.

The Bucs plated three runs in the first inning highlighted by an RBI single from Yas Gutierrez and two other runs coming in due to a pair of costly PBA fielding errors as well as a wild pitch.

After Nick Norley led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo homerun of his own, it appeared as if both teams would be preparing for a slugfest as BU responded with another run in the second inning on a leadoff homer from Drew Dwelly. Unfortunately for the Fish, the Norley homerun was all they could muster in the scoring department against Barry right-hander Brad McAllister who finished his evening with six strong innings allowing just two hits and striking out 10 batters.

The Bucs would continue to pile on base runners and score runs inning by inning. In fact, the Bucs scored in each of the first seven innings before a pair of scoreless innings by PBA right-hander Billy Schmidt in the eighth and ninth innings.

The eighth inning would be when the Fish would next strike against the Bucs as three runs came around to score on a bases-clearing double from catcher Keith Clabaugh against BU reliever Josh Holmes. PBA added one more run in the ninth inning against reliever Brian Milanes.

Continuing his good work after last night’s 3-for-4 showing against Nova Southeastern, PBA junior center-fielder Scott Urbanek collected two more hits while Norley also added in a pair of hits and scored two runs from the leadoff spot.

A somewhat sloppy day on defense for both teams, the Bucs made six miscues in the field while PBA was charged for four fielding errors.

The Sailfish will be back in action over the weekend as they take on another Sunshine State Conference foe in Eckerd College. They open up on Friday with a 7 p.m. game followed by a double-header beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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