Sailfish Split Day, Take Weekend Series from Lynn
February 9, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic couldn’t find the big hit in game one of a two-game set against Lynn University, falling 4-1, but the offense found its stride in game two against, topping the Fighting Knights 6-1 in the series finale.
Starting pitcher Andres Lopez fell victim to some timely hitting by Lynn in game one, working six innings and giving up all four runs. The senior scattered twelve hits and benefited from some gold glove caliber defense. Fellow senior Alejandro De Moya worked two perfect innings to keep the game within striking distance for the Fish.
The lone offensive highlight was a Karl Kapinos home run, which came in the eighth inning. PBA finished with eight hits, but could never string together enough to break catch up to the Fighting Knights.
The defense was another story; the entire squad seemed to turn in web gem-worthy highlights throughout the day. The Sailfish turned double plays in five consecutive innings in game one, including four straight to end an inning and any looming Lynn threats.
Kapinos finished the game 2-for-4, adding a double in with his first home run of the season. Fellow newcomer Ryan Gerber started his day in fine fashion on the offensive side, going 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot.
Looking to rebound and take the weekend series, PBA needed their bats to awake from their slumber. The Sailfish once again strung together eight hits, the difference being that they were able to tack six runs on the board.
Gerber once again set the table for those behind him, going 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Anthony Ortiz also finished 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored, and was an key component to the game’s most important play.
With two runners on and no one out, Ortiz laid a sacrifice bunt down to the pitcher. The Knights starter airmailed the throw to first base, allowing both runs to score and Ortiz to scamper into third. Joel Buchko made the error extra-costly, driving home Ortiz to give PBA a lead they would never relinquish.
The pitching combination of Jonathan Kies and Matt Niedzwiecki combined to allow just five hits in the seven inning game, with the lone run coming off a second inning homer.
Buchko finished game two 3-for-4 with two runs driven in, while rookie Sean Visconti stepped up to have the best game of his young career, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored, and several fine plays at shortstop.
PBA returns to action on Monday evening against Ave Maria University at Palm Beach Gardens High School, starting at 6 P.M.