St. Thomas Earns Come-Back Win Over PBA Baseball

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- Beginning what would be a long night of baseball, the Palm Beach Atlantic University and St. Thomas University baseball teams opened up on Wednesday night at PBCC with the first of two seven inning contests. Battling back and forth throughout, the Bobcats earned the victory as they scored five runs in the sixth inning to earn a 10-8 win.

Palm Beach Atlantic gave starter Logan Thomas an early lead as they pushed across a run in the first inning when junior Neil Hardon delivered a RBI single up the middle that plated Nick Norley.

With Thomas cruising through the first two innings and STU starter Nick Loden settling down as well, it appeared as if it might be a low-scoring affair. That all changed  however in the third inning as STU plated three runs to go up 3-1 over the Fish. The third inning outburst would start a scoring trend for the Cats as they scored another run in the fourth and fifth innings followed by their five-run outburst in the sixth inning.

After being held scoreless in the second and third frames, PBA would fight back with back-to-back big scoring innings of their own in the fourth and fifth innings as they came around to score seven times and took an 8-5 lead heading into the sixth inning.

Now blessed with the three-run lead, PBA head coach Rob Avila sent out his starter Thomas for another inning of work in the sixth inning. Unfortunately for the young right-hander he would run into trouble as STU began to pile on the hits. Thomas would give way to reliever Billy Schmidt and the hard-throwing right-hander would run into similar problems as Thomas.

Alex Diez delivered the biggest blow of the inning with a two-run single followed by another run coming in on a Sailfish error.

Now leading 10-8, Andres Ibarz (4-0) earned the victory while only registering one-third of an inning of relief. Jesse Fernandez and Manuel Rodriguez closed out the victory for St. Thomas with each tallying a scoreless inning  while Rodriguez earned the save.

Schmidt took the loss on the night for PBA while Thomas finished with 5.1 innings pitched while allowing 10 hits, seven earned runs while adding in two walks and three strikeouts. Left-hander Graham White came on after Schmidt and pitched very well, not allowing a hit in 1.1 innings of work with three strikeouts.

Norley closed out his day with a great overall performance as the senior from nearby Dwyer High School registered a perfect showing at the plate with a 5-for-5 with four singles and a double. Vasilios Mila was 3-for-5 with three RBI’s and two runs scored from the leadoff spot.

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