Sailfish Drop Hearbreaker in 11 Innings to the University of Tampa at Home

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Vasilios Mila (Pictured) Had a Triple and Single on Thursday Evening Against the University of Tampa. UT Prevailed 9-8 in 11 Innings. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Vasilios Mila (Pictured) Had a Triple and Single on Thursday Evening Against the University of Tampa. UT Prevailed 9-8 in 11 Innings. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

JUPITER, Fla.- In a back and forth game that lasted over four hours, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team did everything in their power to upset the  #15-ranked University of Tampa Spartans but eventually fell in dramatic fashion by a final score of 9-8 in 11 innings before a nice crowd at the Roger Dean Complex in Jupiter.

Chad Volbert (0-6) was one of three Sailfish pitchers who pitched admirably out of the bullpen but was unfortunately the tough luck loser when he allowed a sacrifice fly from Dagmar Pena in the top of the 11th inning to score Casey Albanese from third-base. Volbert escaped further damage in the inning by getting slugger Mike Schwartz to ground into an inning-ending double-play.

Fighting all night long, the Sailfish didn’t go away quietly in the bottom of the inning however as Jeff Moyer led off with a single and then moved into scoring position after a sacrifice bunt from Keith Clabaugh. After a strikeout of Scott Urbanek and then a two-out walk to Michael Kutch, freshman Stephen Fowler stepped in against UT closer Alex Koronis (6-1). Koronis won the battle this time around as he struck out Fowler looking to end the long ballgame.

Koronis was the last of five Tampa hurlers on the night as the former University of Miami right-hander earned the victory after tossing the final 2.1 innings while allowing only one hit, two walks, and three strikeouts as the flame-throwing closer was most likely topping the 90 MPH mark on the night.

Things started off rough for the Fish as they fell behind 6-0 after four innings as the heavy-hitting attack for Tampa plated a run in the first on a Jose Jimenez double and then three more in the second inning highlighted by a two-run single from shortstop Jesus Barosso and a run-scoring single from Schwartz.

The same duo was back at it again for UT in the fourth as Barosso and Schwartz each tallied RBI singles in the fourth frame to extend the lead to 6-0.

From there it would be a great offensive stretch for the Sailfish. After putting up nothing but zeroes in the first three innings, UT left-hander John Wiedenbauer got roughed up in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Sailfish sent ten men to the plate with six coming in to score that put the game tied.

Playing station-to-station baseball, the Fish saw RBI singles from Neil Hardon, Jeff Moyer, Michael Kutch, Stephen Fowler, and Vasilios Mila in the inning which eventually chased Wiedenbauer from the game.

PBA added in another un-earned run in the fifth inning to take their first lead while stretching the advantage to 8-6 in the sixth inning with an RBI double from Nick Norley which plated Mila who had tripled one batter earlier.

The Spartans tied things back up in the seventh inning with a pair of runs coming home on a RBI single from centerfielder Tyler Cox and a bases loaded walk to Schwartz that forced in the game-tying run. PBA escaped further damage with the next hitter as left-handed reliever Dustin Ducasse entered to strikeout Jimenez on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

The Fish had their opportunity in the eight inning but came out empty as Clabaugh was thrown out at the plate on a throw home from the second-baseman. The debated out call resulted in the ejection of PBA head coach Rob Avila after the play by the home plate umpire.

From that point both teams bullpens buckled down and worked in and out of jams however keeping the winning run from scoring until Albanese came home with the eventual winning run in the 11th frame of the night.

Buddy Fisher received the start for PBA and was tagged for ten hits and six earned runs in four innings while striking out three. Dan McIldoon entered and gave the Fish a big lift with 2.2 innings while allowing three hits and two runs. Ducasse allowed one hit in his 1.1 innings of work while holding the Spartans from scoring.

Volbert finished the loss despite allowing just the one run and three hits over 2.2 innings of work.

Albanese led all hitters on the night with his 4-for-6 performance at the plate with four singles while scoring the winning run.

Five PBA players registered multi-hit games as the Fish banged out 14 hits in total while the Spartans had 17 base knocks.

The Fish will be back in action on Friday, April 24th when they take on Florida Memorial College at 3 pm in Miami, Florida. The game can be heard live beginning at 2:45 pm on the Sailfish Radio Network.

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