No. 11 Nova Southeastern wins thanks to combined perfect game
JUPITER, Fla. -- In a game that was played over a two-day span because of inclement weather, Mitchell Buerosse and Dillon Frye combined for a perfect game in the Sharks' (24-7), 15-0, win against Palm Beach Atlantic in the seven-inning affair.
Frye started the game on Saturday afternoon, retiring the side in the first. However, rain stopped him from throwing another pitch, pushing the rest of the game to Sunday afternoon. The game started from the last pitch in the top of the second, where Buerosse (W, 4-0) finished off the last six innings, retiring all 18 batters he faced, half of which were strikeouts. Frye recorded one strikeout in his inning of work.
Alexander Fernandez recorded his first career home run for the Sharks, a grand slam to one of the deepest parts of the field out in center. The slam came in the seventh for the final runs of the game. Fernandez finished the 2-for-3, with a career-high six RBI.
After the halt in play and the 4-0 head start, the Sharks started the day with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the second. PBA showed major command issues on the mound right off the bat, after walking two and hitting two Shark batters to double the score line to 8-0, before the final out of the inning was made.
Andrew Liberty made the play of the game defensively, which came in the third inning, when Sailfish freshman Tyler Parker drove a two-out ball into shallow left. Liberty was able to cover just enough ground to make the head-first diving grab to preserve the perfect game.
The Sharks scored two more runs in the fifth en route to their 24th win of the year.
Alvin Swoope (2-for-5), Kavan Thompson (1-for-3) and Michael Hernandez each recorded two RBI in the win. Thompson picked up his first RBI of the game on Saturday in the top of the second on a big double down the left field line. His second came on Sunday in the same inning, after he was hit by a pitch, with the bases loaded. Hernandez picked up a bases-clearing two-RBI triple, the first of his career, in the second inning on Saturday, while Swoope picked up his two on a double coming in the fifth on Sunday.
Geoff Jimenez stole two more bases, putting his total to 22 on 24 attempts on the year.
Matt Bell (L, 0-1), the freshman righty for the Sailfish, picked up his first loss of the season, pitching just 1.2 innings, after allowing seven earned on just two hits.