#10-Ranked Nova Southeastern Holds On for Close Victory Over Fish
March 24, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
DAVIE, Fla.- Despite out-hitting nationally-ranked Nova Southeastern University on Tuesday evening, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was unable to claw their way to a victory over the Sharks as they dropped a tough 6-4 decision as both teams bullpens buckled down and kept the opposition from scoring late.
Ranked #10 in the latest NCAA Division II polls and now sporting a 25-6 record, the Sharks fell behind early as the Fish pushed across a first-inning run when freshman Jeff Moyer produced an RBI single. Truly a sign of a good team, the Sharks fought right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning while taking the lead to 3-1 with two runs in the second frame.
From there PBA starter Chad Volbert would settled down and allow the Sailfish offense to get back on track as the visiting Fish pushed across a pair of runs in the fourth and another run to take back the lead to 4-3 in the fifth inning. A fielding error by the Sharks centerfielder contributed to the first run of the inning on a hit by Scott Urbanek while another unearned run came in to score on a hit to left-field by junior Mike Eissey. Keith Clabaugh drove home the run in the fifth inning with a single.
The bottom of the fifth inning saw the Sharks tie the score once again and then take the lead with two runs in the sixth inning that eventually chased Volbert from the ballgame.
From that point both bullpens came through as freshman lefty Graham White held the Sharks hitless while striking two batters and walking just one in 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Moyer led the hitting efforts for the Sailfish as the young third-baseman was 3-for-3 while also drawing a pair of walks. Senior Nick Norley and junior Tony Livelsberger each added in a pair of hits while the Sailfish posted 13 hits as a team.
PBA will be back in action on Wednesday as they will head north for a mid-week showdown with yet another Sunshine State Conference foe in Florida Tech. First pitch is scheduled for 3 pm.