Florida Memorial Bats Too Strong As They Defeat Palm Beach Atlantic Baseball
March 10, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Beginning what is surely to be a busy week for the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team, the Sailfish took on Florida Memorial University on Tuesday evening at PBCC. Despite cutting the deficit to only one run in the middle-innings, the Sailfish faltered late and the Lions came away with a 9-4 victory.
Chad Volbert earned his second start of the season for the Sailfish against the Lions and as he continues to work his way into a starter’s role from a reliever, his innings could rise. On Tuesday he tossed four innings while allowing six hits, three runs (two earned) while striking out none and walking none.
The Bloomington, Minnesota native continues to give head coach Rob Avila quality innings as he is often times around the plate.
After the Lions plated single runs in the first and third innings against Volbert and then another in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 3-0, the Fish went to senior left-hander Dustin Ducasse. Having been a reliable arm throughout the first-half of this season, it was fairly obvious tonight would not be Ducasse’s night as he was tagged for seven hits and four runs in 2.1 innings of work.
Freshman Aaron Rodewald closed out the pitching performances for the Sailfish by tossing the final 1.2 innings while allowing one hit and two runs.
After the Lions added in another run in the top of the fifth inning, the Sailfish offense started to get going as they scored three times in their half of the inning.
The scoring started after Michael Kutch drew a walk and then proceeded to steal two bases. He would be driven in on a RBI single from Nick Norley. Norley would come around to score next on a RBI double from Jeff Moyer while Moyer was plated on a run-scoring single from Vasilios Mila.
The added in a single run in the seventh inning when Norley drove home Scott Urbanek on a sacrifice fly. That would be as close as the Fish would get however as the Lions scored three of their own in the seventh while adding in two more in the ninth to earn the 9-4 victory.
The Sailfish finished with 13 hits in the game with Norley, Moyer, Kutch, and Keith Clabaugh each registering a pair of hits. Mila finished with the best night overall as he went 3-for-4.