Sailfish Unable to Escape the Big Inning as NSU Opens Series With a Victory
March 5, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
DAVIE, Fla.- Taking on the nationally-ranked Nova Southeastern University Sharks on Thursday evening, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was unable to slow down the big bats of the Sharks as NSU pounded out 13 hits on their way to an 11-3 victory over visiting PBA. The Sailfish and the Sharks will tangle for two more games on Friday as part of an afternoon double-header at the NSU Baseball Complex.
NSU (17-2) currently stands at #22 in the nation entering play on Thursday and have now won both of their decisions against PBA early this season.
Freshman Logan Thomas (0-5) earned the start for the Fish and went 4.1 innings and while the right-hander only allowed six hits and three earned runs he did also walk four batters to aide the NSU cause. The Melbourne High School graduate also registered six strikeouts.
NSU jumped ahead with two runs in the bottom of the first inning followed by four more runs in the bottom of the third inning.
The Sailfish now down 6-0, they began to chip away at the NSU lead with single runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to cut the deficit to 6-3.
Second-baseman Visilios Mila led off the fourth inning with a double and came around to score on an RBI single down the right-field line from Neil Hardon. Jeff Moyer drove home Michael Kutch on a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning while Kutch drove home a run with a RBI single for PBA’s run in the sixth inning off of NSU reliever Issac Hicks.
Having cut the lead in half, PBA was hoping to do further damage against the NSU bullpen however the Sharks’ offense had some rallying to do of their own as they plated four runs in the sixth inning off of PBA reliever Buddy Fisher.
From that point both teams would settle in as NSU extended the lead to 11-3 with a run in the eighth while PBA was unable to muster a run in the final three frames.
Mila, Hardon, Kutch, and John Marks all finished with two hits as a part of PBA’s 10 hit attack.
PBA will renew their series with the Sharks on Friday as the Sailfish will travel back to Davie for a 5 p.m. game one start.