Sailfish Pitchers Struggle with Control as PBA Drop Rainy Contest to FIT

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

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LAKE WORTH, Fla.- In what was a makeup double-header due to a previous rain-out, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team welcomed in Florida Tech on Tuesday afternoon for what was scheduled to be a rare mid-week double-header. Because of mother nature, that turned into only a one inning contest as FIT collected 11 walks and nine runs against the Fish on their way to a 9-5 win. Game two was called in the fifth inning because of rain.

After a solid three-game series against #5-ranked Florida Southern College over the weekend in which the Fish were able to knock off the highly-ranked Moccasins in the final game behind some solid pitching, the Sailfish (16-19) turned their attention to the Panthers on Tuesday afternoon at Dave Manzo Field.

The Sailfish was able to push across a run in the first inning to move ahead 1-0 and held the Panthers scoreless through the first two innings as starter Chad Volbert received good support from his defense to hold the Panthers off the scoreboard.

FIT (34-13) did break through and take the lead however in the top of the third inning as they took advantage of a one out walk followed by three straight singles to move ahead 2-1.

PBA fired back for a four spot in the bottom of the fourth inning as Florida Tech committed three errors in the inning to aid the Sailfish cause.

The Panthers would chase Volbert in the sixth inning as he recorded two outs in the frame, leaving the bases loaded for reliever Martin Suarez. Suarez unfortunately was unable to record an out as he walked Chris Fox and Tony Becerra for two runs coming home to score. Sophomore Carlos Hechavarria closed out the inning on a foul popout of FIT first-baseman Michael Demma.

The Sailfish relief corps would not fare so well over the final three innings of play as FIT scored in each inning including a pair of runs in the ninth.

Josh Ziemba went the distance for Florida Tech an improved his season record to 7-2 while Hechavarria took the loss and dropped to 1-2.

PBA outhit FIT 8-7 with Same Testa and Jonny Herrera each collecting two hits each. Josh Hinkle and John Mazur each registered a pair of hits in the victory as FIT left 15 runners on base.

Palm Beach Atlantic will have the remainder of the work week away from game action until traveling to Nova Southeastern University for a pair of games on Saturday, April 24th. The Fish and Sharks will begin their battle at 1 p.m.

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