Panthers Produce Big Innings that Lead to Saturday Sweep of Sailfish Basebal

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

Dion Pouncil (Pictured) Finished 2-for-3 in Game Two on Saturday Afternoon at Florida Tech with a Triple and Double. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Dion Pouncil (Pictured) Finished 2-for-3 in Game Two on Saturday Afternoon at Florida Tech with a Triple and Double. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

MELBOURNE, Fla.- After a 9-0 shutout loss on Friday afternoon, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team hoped for a better outcome on Saturday as they returned to Seminick-Hall Field to take on Florida Tech. That however would not be the case as the Panthers stormed out to a 13-2 win in game one then  held off a Sailfish rally in the second game to earn a 6-4 win to sweep the weekend series.

Leading 3-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, the Panthers batted around and then some against three Sailfish pitchers before bringing home ten runs in the biggest inning allowed all season by the PBA pitching staff. Palm Beach Atlantic would tally a pair of runs late however with the score already out of hand by the mid-innings, both teams emptied their benches.

In game two, PBA starter Alejandro De Moya fell victim to a tough first inning that saw the freshman left-hander retire only one batter before being lifted. Four runs came home to score in the opening inning for FIT as they jumped ahead early and then held on.

Senior Buddy Fisher (2-3) started the opener for PBA and lasted three innings while allowing six runs while giving up four hits and six walks. He also struck out two batters.

Fellow senior Martin Suarez would relieve Fisher in the fourth but be greeted by a bevy of Panther hits as he retired one batter in the five that he faced while allowing four hits, a walk, and charged with five earned runs.

The bright spot of the afternoon came from freshman Daniel Martin who allowed only one hit in two innings of work as the Virginia Beach, Virginia native made his collegiate debut. Freshman left-hander Jonathan Kies and senior Tony Livelsberger each posted a scoreless inning as well with Kies working around a pair of walks and Livelsberger allowing one hit and striking out two in his first-ever mound appearance in his four seasons with the Fish.

Both teams registered 13 hits each in game one with FIT starter Randall Thompson (3-2) scattering eight hits  over six innings as he effectively worked in and out of trouble all afternoon. The strong right-hander aided his own cause with 10 strikeouts and only one walk.

Leading the offense for PBA in game one caem from Vasilios Mila, Livelsberger, and Neil Hardon who each had two hits. With the game out of reach by the mid-innings, head coach Gary Carter was able to empty his bench with 14 players registering at least one at-bat in the opener.

Florida Tech shortstop JD Davidson drove in four runs for FIT as he finished 2-for-3  with a pair of runs scored. Tony Moos registered a 3-for-6 performance for the Panthers while John Fouchet and Brian Flynn each tallied two hits.

In the second game, junior left-hander Graham White pitched very effectively in relief for the Fish as he came on for De Moya and pitched five strong innings, allowing only four hits and two runs while striking out four and walking two. Carlos Hechavarria posted two-thirds of an inning and allowed one hit.

FIT went with Dylan Wolchik as their game two starter and he completed the necessary five innings to earn his fifth victory of the year against one loss. Wolchik allowed five hits and four runs while striking out seven batters.

Three FIT relievers combined to close things out the win with Brandon Lindquist coming on for a two-out save, his eighth of the year.

After being down 4-0 in the first inning, the Sailfish fought back with three runs in the top of the third. Sophomore Ismael Cotto drilled a two-run triple then came home to score when the next batter also tripled as Dion Pouncil ripped a hard hit ball into the right-field corner.

FIT would fight back for another run in the bottom of the second inning on a solo homerun from Michael Demma but thanks to the good work of White that would be all they would score until tagging on an additional insurance run in the sixth inning. Moos collected a run-scoring triple to move FIT up by the final score of 6-4.

Justin Sizemore finished 3-for-3 for Palm Beach Atlantic in game two while scoring a run. Pouncil was 2-for-3 with a run batted in and a run scored.

The Sailfish will be back at home for their next matchup when they take on Lynn University at Dave Manzo Field on Tuesday, April 6th beginning at 6 p.m. PBA is 4-0 against LU this season with Tuesday being the final matchup of the season between the two schools.

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