Fish Fall to Sharks in Early Week Baseball Matchup

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DAVIE, Fla.- With the opening weekend of baseball season under their belts, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team hit the field once again on Monday by traveling to play Nova Southeastern University.

A pair of freshman debuted for PBA on the mound and provided solid indication that both could be solid contributors for head coach Rob Avila for years to come.

Taylor McBath, a 6’7” right-hander, started for the Fish and tossed four innings while allowing four runs (one earned) before giving way to fellow freshman Peter Rodriguez. Rodriguez would close out the Sharks in dominant fashion by posting three perfect innings and facing the minimum nine batters while also registering two strikeouts in his debut with the Fish.

Three NSU hurlers combined on the win with starter Daniel Laperna earning the victory and Nick Carris the save.

The Sharks got on the board in the second inning with some help from the Sailfish defense. After J.D. Martinez opened up the frame with a leadoff walk, NSU shortstop Dale Alberto reached on a fielding error putting runners on the corners with nobody out.

Jimmy Sposa, the Sharks catcher, would come through with a sacrifice fly to right-field and put the home-standing Sharks on top. NSU would tack on another run later in the inning on another sacrifice fly RBI by David Robinson.

Trailing 3-0 entering the top-half of the fourth inning after NSU added another run the previous frame, PBA would get on the scoreboard with a pair of runs to once again keep the game close.

PBA third-baseman Joaquin Valdes (Miami, Fla.) would get things started by being hit by a pitch followed by a walk to Sailfish shortstop Billy Falconio (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.). Looking to jump-start his offense, head coach Rob Avila would put his runners in motion with Valdes and Falconio attempting the double-steal which resulted in NSU catcher Jimmy Sposa sailing his throw and allowing Valdes to score the first Sailfish run of the night.

After a pitching change by NSU head coach Michael Mominey, the Sharks defense would once again fail as a groundball could not be handled on a Nick Norley (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) grounder, allowing Falconio to cut the NSU lead to just one run.

NSU would add in an insurance run in the fifth inning with two outs as a McBath balk forced in a run that would turn out to be the final scoring opportunity for either team the rest of the way.

PBA centerfielder Scott Urbanek, who proved valuable over the weekend with his steady and at times spectacular play in the outfield, led the Sailfish offensive attack on Monday with two hits and a stolen base. Falconio added in a hit and a run scored while reaching base two more times on base on balls.

Now 1-3 to start the season, PBA will look to get back on track on Tuesday, February 5th when they square off against West Palm Beach rival Northwood University for a 7 pm matchup at the Roger Dean Complex in Jupiter, Florida.

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