Graham White Delivers Complete Game Masterpiece Over Florida Memorial Baseball
April 24, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
MIAMI, Fla.- Playing their third game in as many days while also coming off a tough 11 inning defeat the night before, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team desperately needed a good outing out of starting pitcher Graham White as they hoped to rest a beleaguered bullpen. They got just that and more as the sophomore left-hander went the distance on Friday afternoon as the Sailfish took out Florida Memorial University 4-1.
Entering the ninth inning holding on to a shutout, White went back to work against the Lions with hopes of keeping a zero on the scoreboard. Try as he might he came just short but became the first PBA pitcher to register a nine-inning complete game on the season.
A transfer from Stillman College, White was making just his second start of the season. White struck out six batters on the day in what was a very warm afternoon in Miami.
FMU left-hander Frank Sigler also threw well in the opening innings for the home-standing Lions (8-34) as he held the Fish scoreless through four frames. The first chink in his armor however came in the top of the fifth inning as former FMU player Vasilios Mila delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle to score freshman Michael Kutch.
Two more runs came in the next inning as well as Neil Hardon led off with his second double of the day and then eventually came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Scott Urbanek. Clabaugh came in on the next play as Kutch delivered an infield single that allowed Clabaugh to score from second-base. That ended the day for Sigler who was tagged for ten hits in 5.1 innings of work while striking out four batters.
PBA added in an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning when Jeff Moyer walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third-base, and came home to score on an overthrow by the FMU catcher trying to catch Moyer stealing the bag.
Mila continued his good work of the week as he finished 2-for-5 in his return to FMU while Hardon, Clabaugh, and Kutch all added in a pair of hits as well.
PBA will have the weekend off from game action after a busy mid-week slate that also included games against Northwood University and the University of Tampa on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
The victory moves PBA to 7-33 on the season with only one more home date scheduled. That game will be Tuesday, April 28th at 6 pm when the Fish host nationally-ranked Barry University at the Roger Dean Complex. That evening will also feature an honorary feel as seniors Nick Norley and Dustin Ducasse will be honored on “Senior Night”.