Buccaneers Hold On for One Run Victory Over Palm Beach Atlantic

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- After a big first inning by both teams and a late comeback effort by Palm Beach Atlantic University, Barry University held on for a hard-fought 7-6 victory on Tuesday night at Buccaneer Field. The two teams combined for six homeruns including four in the first inning as #5-ranked BU overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat PBA with a come-back victory.

Senior Nick Norley and junior Neil Hardon both blasted two-run homers in the first for PBA to stake sophomore right-hander Taylor McBath to an early lead.

Unfortunately for McBath and the Fish, PBA would also be bitten by the homerun as BU responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning. Nick Shaw led off the inning with a solo shot followed later in the inning with a two-run homerun from Yas Gutiertez to cut the PBA lead to 4-3.

After the early trouble, Bucs starter Chris Rodriguez was lifted in the first-inning for reliever Corey Witkowski (3-0) who came on to not only pitch well but earn the victory. Witkowski tallied the next 6.1 innings in relief as he limited PBA to six hits and two earned runs while striking out six batters.

The Bucs (28-3) took the lead from PBA in the fifth inning as Yan Gomes and Gutierrez hit back-to-back homeruns to go ahead 5-4. Gomez connected again an inning later as he clubbed a two-run shot, his 14th of the season to put Barry up 7-4. Gomes is a former player at the University of Tennessee and one of the top professional prospects in all of NCAA Division II.

Now trailing 7-4, the Sailfish were not done scoring just yet as Hardon delivered a two-run single that sent Norley and freshman Jeff Moyer racing home to cut the lead to only one run in the seventh inning.

From there however, the Bucs bullpen did their job as Josh Holmes and Steve Sexton tossed a scoreless inning with Sexton earning his first save of the season.

McBath took the loss for PBA as his final line read 4.2 innings worked with eight hits allowed along with five earned runs, five walks, and five strikeouts as he drops to 2-3 on the season for the Fish.

Norley led the way offensively for Palm Beach Atlantic as he tallied three hits while scoring two runs and driving in two more with his homerun. Hardon drove in four runs with his two-run long ball and two-run single. Tony Livelsberger added in a pair of hits in the loss.

Chad Volbert tallied two scoreless innings in relief for PBA.

The Fish will be back in action on Wednesday evening as they host St. Thomas University at PBCC beginning at 5 pm for a double-header.

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