Fish win one for 'The Kid'
February 6, 2012
By Joshua Reid / Sports Editor
Opening night couldn't have been better for the Sailfish, as they won an emotional 3-2 game thanks to a Travis Murray walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Before the game, head coach Gary Carter came out to the field and received a standing ovation from the teams and fans in the stands. From that point on, the players felt a spark.
Senior pitcher Logan Thomas retired all three players in the first inning.
In the bottom of the first, the momentum continued as junior Cody Higgins was walked and later scored the first run of the game off of a sacrifice fly from senior Travis Murray.
The momentum started to wear off, as Lynn University scored runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-1 lead.
The lead wouldn't last long, as junior Matt Perkowski scored off a sacrifice fly from senior Justin Sizemore.
The game heated up again in the eighth, where Thomas walked, gave up a single, and walked the first three players he faced.
Despite the slow start of the inning, Thomas regrouped as he would strike out the fourth batter and end the inning on a ground out double play.
After the Sailfish failed to capitalize in the eighth, junior Nic Kovacs came in the ninth for relief for Thomas, who gave up just two runs on seven hits. Kovacs gave up one walk in the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth, Higgins got on base due to an infield error by the Knights.
The Knights retired the next two batters, but Higgins stole second. Sophomore Jordan Carter came in to pinch run with two outs and he stole third, which ultimately set up the winning run.
Murray went 1-3 in the game and drove in two runs.