Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2019
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – ASA Miami dropped the opening game of the Region VIII Baseball Championship Series Friday afternoon, losing 6-1 to Pasco-Hernando State College at Florida Memorial University.
The series will resume Saturday morning, with game two of the best-of-three set for 11 a.m. Saturday back at Florida Memorial.
ASA jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to a Jorge Sabio RBI double, but that was essentially the only bright spot for the Silver Storm Friday.
Pasco-Hernando scored two runs to take the lead in the top of the second, then tacked on another pair of runs in the top of the third to put ASA Miami in a 4-1 hole early in the game. Pasco manufactured another run – capitalizing on walks and using bunts to move runners along – in the top of the fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead.
Bobcats pitcher Sean Osceola kept the usually loud Silver Storm bats relatively quiet Friday. ASA Miami looked like it was about to get to Osceola in the bottom of the eighth inning – getting a few players on the bases with one out – but Osceola got out of the jam and kept ASA Miami off the board. Pasco-Hernando put an insurance run on the board in the top of the ninth to extend its lead to 6-1 and close the door on the Silver Storm.
Osceola pitched a complete-game, six-hitter – with 12 strikeouts and just one walk allowed.
After the game, ASA Miami head coach Robert Martin ultimately said he wasn't dismayed by his team losing game one.
"[Pasco-Hernando] had a good guy on the mound that kept us off balance today. We made some mistakes defensive mistakes – throwing some balls away. And we didn't make any adjustments early…and you have to make adjustments in order to win games like this," Martin said.
"But I told the guys, no matter what happens in game one, it all comes down to game two. Our focus is on game two because that's the game that swings the momentum. Everything is on the line in game two."
"It's never easy at ASA and these guys understand that. I'm not expecting anything less from these guys but to come out tomorrow and play. They know the season is on the line, they know what they have to do, and they know it's going to be difficult. But we're accustomed to that. We've done that since August and there hasn't been a day where things have been easy for us – we're going to have to go out and get it," Martin said.