Saints Respond with Walk-Off Win in Game Two Over Sailfish
April 11, 2009
Written by PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown
SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla.- After rallying for a big game one victory earlier in the day with some late scoring and good relief pitching, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was unable to complete the sweep on Saturday afternoon against Flagler College as the Saints escaped with a 8-7 game two victory.
Entering with the bases loaded and nobody out in the seventh inning and a tie score, right-handed reliever Billy Schmidt was up against a nearly impossible situation. That situation quickly resolved itself when Schmidt hit Flagler freshman Charlie Stewart with a pitch that ended the game in walk-off fashion.
Palm Beach Atlantic jumped ahead 2-0 in the second inning to stake sophomore Taylor McBath to an early lead. Neil Hardon led things off in the second inning with a solo homerun that got the Fish on the board. After a Jeff Moyer flyout, PBA junior catcher Keith Clabaugh connected for his second homerun on the day after homering in PBA’s game one win.
After cruising through the first two innings, McBath and the Sailfish ran into trouble in the third inning as Flagler pushed across three runs to take a 3-2 lead.
PBA tied things up a half inning later in the top of the fourth as Moyer registered an RBI single that scored Livelsberger who started the inning with a single.
Much like they have done throughout the three-game series, the Saints fired right back to take the lead back to 4-3 in the bottom of the inning.
In another back-and-forth situation, the Sailfish busted out again for four runs in the top of the fifth inning to take the lead back again at 7-4.
Leave it to the Saints though as they came back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth inning, all against PBA reliever Dustin Ducasse who was tagged for three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.
After neither team could muster a run in the sixth inning and PBA was held in check in the top of the seventh, it set the table for Flagler to put together the game winning rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Moyer was the only Sailfish hitter to register a multi-hit game.
Aaron Rodewald was tagged with the loss for PBA.
The Sailfish will be back in action on Tuesday, April 14th as they open up a three-game homestand. PBA will take on Nova Southeastern for a 7 pm first-pitch on Tuesday at Palm Beach Gardens High School.