PBA Baseball Outscored at Home Versus Florida Tech
March 4, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Facing a busy next few days of baseball action, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was unable to get things moving in the right direction on Wednesday evening as they hosted Florida Tech. The Panthers have now won both of their contests against the Sailfish this season with tonight’s matchup going 7-3 in favor of the visitors at PBCC Field.
Coming off a solid victory over Eckerd College in their weekend finale, the Sailfish (3-15) were hoping to pick things up where they left off as far as solid starting pitching, good defense, and timely hitting.
Unfortunately for Sailfish starting pitcher Chad Volbert (0-1), not many of those things were working in his favor early on as the Panthers struck for three runs in the first inning off the tall sophomore right-hander before the Sailfish even had a chance at-bat. FIT came around to score three times while registering three hits while also taking care of two PBA errors.
From there Volbert and the Sailfish infield defense would settle down and tally a pair of scoreless innings over the next two frames. All the while FIT starting pitcher David Mueller was keeping the Sailfish hitters off balance over the course of the first six innings of play.
FIT would strike for three more runs in the fourth inning off of Volbert as the Panthers extended their lead to 6-0. Sam Palace led off the FIT top half of the fifth inning with a solo homerun as Volbert’s day would soon be finished.
His first start for PBA after appearing exclusively out of the bullpen, Volbert finished with allowing 10 hits and seven runs (three earned) in 4.2 innings of work. He did not walk or strike out a batter.
Left-handers Graham White and Dustin Ducasse each followed Volbert out of head coach Rob Avila’s bullpen and like they have much of the season produced solid results. White pitched 2.1 innings with just one hit allowed and a pair of strikeouts while Ducasse allowed only two hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. Both players held the Panthers off the scoreboard.
The good work of White and Ducasse allowed the Fish to try and get back in the game as they pushed across single runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings.
The first of those runs came against Mueller (4-1) who pitched a fine ballgame with 10 strikeouts in seven innings while allowing four hits and just one unearned run. Jupiter Christian product Tyler Carman tallied the final two innings while allowing four hits, two runs, one walk, while striking out three batters.
Tony Livelsberger scored a run in the seventh inning on a RBI groundout by Michael Kutch and then drove home a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly. Nick Norley delivered a RBI single for the Fish in the ninth inning.
Tony Moos finished 3-for-4 for the Panthers in the victory with a run scored and a run driven in.