Late Inning Problems Sink Sailfish on Saturday
March 21, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.- With the rain starting to pour, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was unable to hold onto a late lead on Saturday afternoon as they dropped a tough decision on the road to St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. The Bobcats rallied for two runs in the ninth inning and came away with a 6-5 victory and a series split after dropping Friday’s game to the Fish.
Junior Buddy Fisher drew the starting nod for the Sailfish and responded with a solid outing of six innings. Fisher struck out eight batters while walking two and allowing three earned runs.
Freshman Logan Thomas came out of the bullpen for the first time this season and gave PBA two solid innings of scoreless relief while giving up three hits. Sophomore Billy Schmidt took the loss after giving up two unearned runs in the ninth inning while giving up a walk and striking out one batter.
Leading PBA’s 13-hit attack was three more hits from senior Nick Norley who also posted three hits in the series opener on Friday evening. Four other PBA players registered at least two hits highlighted by freshman Michael Kutch who had a double and scored two runs.
The Sailfish are now 4-22 on the season and will take on Nova Southeastern University on Tuesday, March 25th for their next ballgame when they tangle with the Sharks in Davie, Florida for a 6 pm showdown.
SERIES NOTES: Game two of Saturday’s double-header was rained out.