By Kyle Beck
The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team easily handled Nova Southeastern University Wednesday night, beating the Sharks 8-0.
Sophomore pitcher Logan Thomas provided a dominant pitching performance to lead the Sailfish to their ninth win of the season.
Thomas pitched a strong seven innings, striking out four batters and not allowing a single run or walking any batters.
Coming into Wednesday night’s match up with the Sailfish, the Sharks were riding a six game winning streak.
PBA has proved a tough opponent for the Sharks this season, posting a 2-1 record against Nova so far.
The game moved at a frantic pace for a baseball game as the two opposing pitchers threw a lot of strikes that led to easy outs for their defenses.
The offense didn’t pick up until the fourth inning when the Sailfish batters got hot.
After seniors Vasilios Mila and Scott Urbanek singled to start off the inning, Tony Livelsberger singled to left field, sending Mila home for the first run of the game.
Designated hitter Justin Sizemore also singled to score Urbanek and put the Sailfish up 2-0.
Senior Neil Hardon did the most damage as he hit a pitch from Nova’s James Martinez deep for a three-run homerun that extended the lead to 5-0.
Another offensive explosion for the Sailfish arrived in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Although the Sailfish held a significant lead, Jonny Herrera made matters worse for the Sharks when he tripled deep off the left field wall, scoring two more runs.
Later in the inning, Peter Graffeo got his first hit and RBI of the season, singling through the left side to make the final score.
Graffeo started at second base for the first time this season after previously pitching.
Center fielder Scott Urbanek had a great night at the plate finishing 3-for-4.
Hardon also had a productive night as he batted in three runs and scored two.