Defensive Problems Sink Sailfish Hopes Against Nova Southeastern
April 14, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Despite a two-hit, three RBI night from centerfielder Scott Urbanek on Tuesday night, it wouldn’t be enough to overcome a six-error performance by the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team as they fell 10-4 to visiting Nova Southeastern University at Palm Beach Gardens High School.
Palm Beach Atlantic (5-32) was coming off a split on Saturday afternoon against Flagler College and despite getting off to a solid start on Tuesday evening against the heavy-hitting Sharks, the Sailfish defense would soon run into some issues.
With the first two innings leaving both offenses held in check, the third inning proved to be the first crack in the armor for PBA as they allowed four runs to come in to score while committing three errors and allowing three hits. All this came off Sailfish sophomore starter Chad Volbert who despite making some solid pitches was eventually tagged for six hits and five runs (three earned) in five innings.
After earning the 4-0 lead to stake freshman right-hander JoVahnny Castaneda to the lead, the Sharks quickly had to put more runs on the board as PBA cut the lead in half behind a two-run single from Urbanek in the bottom of the fourth inning.
That would end the day for Castaneda who finished allowing four hits and two runs while walking two and striking out one in his first collegiate start.
Unfortunately for the Fish, NSU would fire right back after the two-run inning from PBA as the Sharks added a single run in the fifth inning and two more in the top of the sixth inning to extend the lead back to 7-2.
Down but not out, the Fish drew closer again when Urbanek connected for an opposite-field triple that drove home catcher Keith Clabaugh in the bottom of the sixth inning. Urbanek came home to score on the next play as Michael Kutch laid down a nice bunt single for the RBI.
That would be as close as the Sailfish would get however as NSU tacked on three more runs after a few more PBA defensive miscues in the top of the eighth inning.
Chris Hamper earned the victory for NSU as he relieved Castaneda for 1.2 innings. He improves to 4-1 on the season. Zachary North and Sean Albury each tallied the final two innings respectively.
The Sharks were led offensively by a solid showing at the plate from second-baseman Rhys Roberts who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single. Dexter Butler and Brayan Valencia each added in a pair of hits.
Beyond Urbanek’s 2-for-3 performance and three runs driven in, junior sTony Livelsberger and Vasilios Mila each had two hits.
PBA will be back on the diamond on Wednesday evening as they will host Northwood University at 5 pm at PBCC.