Sailfish Score Early and Often Enough to Top Lions, 9-8

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications

Joel Buchko (Pictured) Finished 3-for-5 with a Pair of Doubles in PBA's 9-8 Win on Tuesday Night Versus Florida Memorial. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Joel Buchko (Pictured) Finished 3-for-5 with a Pair of Doubles in PBA's 9-8 Win on Tuesday Night Versus Florida Memorial. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic scored early and just often enough to overcome a resilient Florida Memorial squad, topping the Lions 9-8 on Tuesday night.

Strangely enough, PBA had fewer hits that FMU, and also committed the only errors of the game, but the difference came on the pitcher’s mound. The Sailfish weren’t perfect, allowing seven earned runs, 14 hits and five free passes (four walks, one hit batsman), but the Lions gave up nine earned thanks to nine hits and a remarkable 13 free bases (eight walks, five hit batsman).

Palm Beach Atlantic took advantage of the Florida Memorial wildness early, scoring four runs in the first thanks to walks by Ryan Gerber, Karl Kapinos, and Andres Vazquez. Senior Matt Perkowski drove in the first run of the game on the second pitch of the at-bat by taking one for the team in his back. Newcomer AJ Steimel then drilled a two-run double to right field, and Anthony Ortiz followed up with a run-scoring single of his own.

After the Lions took the lead back from PBA in the top of the third, the Sailfish struck back in the bottom of the frame. A walk and two hit batsmen loaded the bases for the Sailfish, and then Ethan Perla came through in the clutch. The centerfielder smacked a two-run single to take the lead right back, and also set Gerber up to drive in Ortiz for the seventh run of the game.

In the fourth inning, PBA went ahead for good thanks to a pair of doubles by Joel Buchko and Andrez Vazquez. With the bases loaded and two outs, Perla came through again, drawing a bases-loaded walk to drive in his third run of the game.

Alejandro De Moya (Win, 1-0) picked up his first win of the season, while right-hander Jimmy Kelly (Save, 1) went the final two and one-third innings to lock down the game.

Buchko finished the game 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored, while Ortiz also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two singles, a run scored, and an RBI.

PBA returns to action on Friday night, taking on South Florida rival Lynn University at 7 P.M. The game will be played at Roger Dean Stadium, spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals

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