Sailfish Baseball Unable to Hold on Against a Tough Lynn University Squad
April 7, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
BOCA RATON, Fla.- A game filled with ups and downs, the Palm Beach Atlantic University and Lynn University baseball teams battled on Tuesday afternoon to a 12-9 final score with the home-standing Fighting Knights coming out on top. The Sailfish trailed 6-0 and fought back with nine runs in the sixth inning only to fall 12-9 in the end.
It took six pitchers, however Lynn University (29-12) came out ahead against the Fish and held the opposition off the scoreboard in eight of the nine innings. It just so happened that the one inning in which they did allow runs it came in a nine-spot for PBA.
LU jumped out on PBA starting pitcher Martin Suarez with two runs in the first inning followed by three more in the third inning to jump ahead quickly 5-0. Right-hander Chad Volbert would relived Suarez to start the fourth inning and pitch well over his first few frames with his only blemish coming from the bat of Daniel Flores who hit a fifth inning solo homerun.
Trailing now 6-0 entering the top of the sixth inning, the Sailfish bats would go to work as they sent 11 players to bat in the inning against three Knight’s pitchers. Junior Scott Urbanek highlighted the big inning with a three-run homerun while Keith Clabaugh added in a two-run doubles. Neil Hardon would cap the scoring in the inning with a two-run single that gave the Fish a 9-6 lead.
LU went back to work themselves in the bottom of the inning as Volbert was unable to hold the mighty bats of Lynn back any longer. Jason Ten Eyck homered to cut the deficit to 9-7 followed an RBI single later in the inning from Flores and then a three-run homer from Gabe MacDougall that put LU back on top.
Douglas Toro added an insurance run in the seventh inning to increase the lead to 12-9.
From that point the Fish would threaten again but come up just short as Steven Somers closed out the game with a strikeout of Urbanek with the bases-loaded.
Volbert takes the loss for PBA after allowing six runs (two earned) in 2.2 innings while being tagged for five hits. Sam Jones earned the win in relief for Lynn as he retired only a third of an inning but was awarded the victory.
Vasilios Mila picked up right where he left off in game one with another solid showing at the plate in game two as he finished 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Second-place hitter Nick Norley also added in a pair of hits and runs scored while Hardon and Moyer both tallied multi-hit games.
Flores finished 4-for-5 for Lynn on the day including hitting for the very rare cycle. MacDougall and Kyle Holloway each collected two hits in the win.
PBA will be back in action this weekend as they will travel to Saint Augustine, Florida for a weekend series with Flagler College beginning Friday night at 7 pm.