Sailfish Baseball Season Ends with Second Loss at NCCAA World Series
May 21, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
MASON, Ohio- The 2009 baseball season ended in heartbreak for Palm Beach Atlantic University on Thursday morning as they dropped their second game of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) World Series by a final score of 6-2 to #5-seed Olivet Nazarene University at Legacy Field.
Junior Buddy Fisher earned the starting nod on the mound for the Sailfish and responded with a solid overall outing however the Tigers plated runs early and late on their way to the victory. ONU plated three runs in the first inning to stake freshman starter Casey Mast to an early cushion.
Mast was cruising through the Sailfish order until the fourth inning when junior first-baseman Tony Livelsberger blasted a solo homerun over the left-centerfield fence to break up the no-hitter and cut the lead to 3-1 for Olivet Nazarene.
PBA drew even closer in the fifth inning as Scott Urbanek delivered a RBI single that scored freshman Jeff Moyer to get the Fish within one run at 3-2.
Things appeared to be really clicking for the Sailfish offense in the top of the sixth inning as Vasilios Mila and Nick Norley started the frame with back-to-back sharp singles that chased Mast and got into the Tigers bullpen.
Brandon Streets came on for ONU and retired Livelsberger on a strikeout and then a base-running blunder by the Fish left PBA with two outs and a runner on first. Streets would escape the jam as he got Moyer on a groundout to hold the 3-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning.
That is when the Tigers pushed forth some insurance in the form of three runs in the bottom of the inning as they saw a leadoff homerun from Pete Smidt and then an RBI triple from Elijah Smurthwaite and a run-scoring single from Adam Hines.
Streets shut down the Fish in the seventh inning to close out the game and the season for Palm Beach Atlantic.
Fisher took the loss for PBA as he went 5.1 innings while allowing six hits and six earned runs while also striking out two and walking one.
Urbanek was the only Sailfish player to register a multi-hit game as he finished 2-for-3 while going 4-for-6 in the two games PBA played at the tournament.
Special thanks to seniors Nick Norley and Dustin Ducassee for their time spent in and out of a Sailfish uniform. You will certainly be missed and may God bless each of you in whatever his plan for your life may be. Go Fish!