Sailfish Get Homer Happy as Teammates Back Solid Taylor McBath Outing
February 28, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – After a tough opening two games to their weekend series against Eckerd College, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team fired back with a five-run first inning that put starting pitcher Taylor McBath in good position for another solid outing. McBath went the distance as PBA came out on top 8-5.
McBath (2-1) took his traditional Saturday game two start for the Fish and much like he did the previous weekend against #1-ranked Lynn University, the 6’7” right-hander from Orlando produced a solid result. While scattering nine hits over seven innings, McBath allowed five runs (four earned) while walking none and striking out eight batters.
The Fish backed their sophomore right-hander with five big runs in the first inning. Nick Norley got things started with a single followed by a walk to the dangerous Jeff Moyer and then a RBI double from Vasilios Mila. Tony Livelsberger would then follow with a RBI single of his own. Up next stepped Neil Hardon who cranked his second homerun of the series with a long three-run shot.
Both teams tallied single runs in the third inning as PBA got a solo homerun from John Marks while EC scored their first run when Matt Heller came in to score on a wild pitch after hitting a double earlier in the inning.
EC made things tight in the final innings as they pushed across one run in the sixth inning followed by three more in the sixth inning to cut the PBA lead to 6-5. PBA added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning when Mila led off with a walk and then Livelsberger delivered a two-run homer.
McBath retired Eckerd 1-2-3 in the ninth inning for the victory.
The Sailfish will host Florida Tech on Wednesday, March 4th for their next contest as they take on the Panthers at 6 p.m. at PBCC.