Middle Inning Blues Crush PBA's Chance at a Game One Victory Over Eckerd
February 28, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team got off to a solid start on Saturday afternoon but were unable to hold off the potent lineup for the Tritons as they scored 13 runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings combined to earn a 14-7 game one victory at Turley Field.
Freshman starting pitcher Logan Thomas (0-4) got off to a solid start for the young Sailfish as he limited the Tritons to just one run in the bottom of the first over the first four innings. This after the Sailfish pushed across a run of their own in the first inning on a solo homerun from Jeff Moyer.
PBA would tack on another run in the third inning on an Eckerd error and three more in the fourth inning to extend their early game lead to 5-1. RBI singles from John Marks, Nick Norley, and Moyer highlighted the inning for the Sailfish.
After a scoreless bottom of the fourth inning by Thomas followed by a similar frame by the Fish in the top of the fifth inning, the Tritons bats would come alive. They would score four times in the inning followed by six more runs off the Sailfish bullpen in the sixth inning. EC capped their big middle innings effort with three more runs in the seventh inning.
Thomas finished with the tough-luck loss after tossing 4.1 innings and allowing nine hits, five runs (three earned) while walking three and striking out one. Aaron Rodewald and Martin Suarez would follow out of the PBA bullpen with both experiencing some tough outings.
Eckerd was led on the day by the big bat of junior Joe Dabah who clubbed three-homeruns in the game while finishing 4-for-6 with four RBI’s.
On the Palm Beach Atlantic side, senior Nick Norley moved back out to his more customary outfield position and came away with a 3-for-5 showing at the plate. Scott Urbanek continued his good work of late as he went 3-for-5 with a run scored while Marks belted two doubles and also went 3-for-5.
In addition to his homerun, his third of the series, Moyer finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.
Joey Cuda earned the victory for the Tritons by pitching six innings while allowing 10 hits and six runs although only one was earned. He walked two while striking out five.