Seventh Inning Offensive Outburst Brings PBA Come From Behind Victory
April 11, 2009
Written by PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown
SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic University and Flagler College resumed their weekend series on Saturday afternoon as the two NCAA Independent schools got together for a double-header. Trailing 7-2 entering the seventh inning, the Sailfish put up nine runs in the frame and then held on for a 12-8 victory.
In what turned out to be a very odd game with an even odder ending, the Sailfish looked like they were headed for another loss in game one on Saturday as they entered the later innings. However, the seventh inning turned out to be the offensive outbreak they would need as they posted nine runs in the frame. This is the second time this week that the Fish have tallied nine runs in an inning after doing the same thing against Lynn University on Tuesday.
Perhaps the oddest thing in the game in a season of oddities for the Sailfish, was the ninth inning which featured an ejection of a Flagler College coach and then the umpire ending the contest with two outs remaining in the game by way of forfeit.
The Sailfish got their bats going in the second inning as they took a momentary lead when Scott Urbanek delivered an RBI single. The Saints fired right back in the bottom of the inning and took the lead back with a pair of runs of their own.
Both teams put up zeroes in the third and fourth innings before things got going again. PBA plated a single run in the top of the fifth to tie the score when Tony Livelsberger plated Nick Norley with an RBI single.
Unfortunately for the Fish however, their good fortune would be short lived as FC plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth and then three more runs in the sixth inning to take the lead back once again and go up 7-2.
That set the table for the big inning for PBA as they connected for nine runs on eight hits while FC committed an error to aide their cause. Highlighting the big inning for PBA was a two-run double from Jeff Moyer and then a two-run single from catcher Keith Clabaugh to get the first four runs of the inning to cross home plate. The offensive showing wasn’t done there however as the Sailfish continued to pile on the hits.
After a few outs were recorded and the bleeding potentially stopped, the Sailfish got back going again as Vasilios Mila delivered a two-run single followed by another run coming in on an error and then another on a RBI double the opposite way from Livelsberger. Junior Neil Hardon concluded the scoring in the inning with a RBI double of his own.
PBA added in another run in the top of the eighth inning as Clabaugh led off the frame with his second homerun of the season.
Flagler responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the eighth inning to cut the Sailfish lead to 12-8 but a scoreless frame from Martin Suarez in the ninth closed out the victory, despite the ball game ending in controversy.
Billy Schmidt (1-3) earned the victory with a scoreless two-thirds of an inning. Freshman left-hander Graham White earned his first career start for PBA and finished with 3.1 innings pitched while allowing two earned runs on five hits while also registering two strikeouts.
Livelsberger had a fine day at the plate as the junior first-baseman finished 4-for-6 at the plate with two runs scored and two driven in. Hardon and Clabaugh both finished with three hits with Clabaugh driving in a team-high three runs.