Thomas Continues to Improve But Florida Tech Just Too Strong
March 25, 2009
Written by PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown
MELBOURNE, Fla.- Freshman right-hander Logan Thomas produced a solid outing on Wednesday afternoon against Florida Tech but it wasn’t enough for Palm Beach Atlantic University to come away with a victory as the Panthers held on for a 5-4 victory at Seminick-Hal Field.
A native of Melbourne, Thomas went seven strong innings and rebounded from allowing two runs in the first inning to produce one of his best outings of his young career. FIT pushed across a pair in the first inning while adding in another run in the third and fourth innings.
Trailing 2-0 after the first inning, the Sailfish got on the board in the second inning with a run followed by single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Designated hitter John Marks laced a RBI double to score Keith Clabaugh in the fourth inning while Vasilios Mila doubled to leadoff the fifth inning, stole third-base, and then came in to score on an error.
After FIT stretched their lead to 5-3 with another run in the seventh inning that effectively ended the day for Thomas, the Fish attempted another comeback effort.
Jeff Moyer came through with a one-out double and then was driven home by a RBI single from Scott Urbanek in the top of the eighth that cut the Panthers lead to 5-4.
After Aaron Rodewald and Billy Schmidt combined for a rocky but yet scoreless bottom half of the inning, the Fish had one more inning to try and tie the score.
Mike Eissey led things off with a pinch-hit single in the ninth followed by a strikeout of Michael Kutch. Mila registered his fourth hit of the day next as he delivered a single. However, that would be as close as the Fish would get as Nick Norley and Tony Livelsberger were retired for the final two outs of the game.
Mila led the way for PBA on the day as he was 4-for-5 with a run scored while Norley and Marks each registered two hits apiece.
The Sailfish will have the rest of the week off from game action as they won’t play again until Tuesday, March 31st when they take on Barry University at 6 pm in Miami Shores, Florida.