Fish Push Win Streak to Three with 6-1 Road Win at Previously Undefeated Barry
February 12, 2013
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- Three Palm Beach Atlantic pitchers combined on a solid team effort victory on Tuesday as the Sailfish baseball team took down Barry University in the first of their five meetings scheduled for this season.
Junior second-baseman Anthony Ortiz scored four times as a table-setter at the top of the lineup while Karl Kapinos and Joel Buchko did the damage in the middle with each collecting a pair of hits. Kapinos drove in three runs as part of the victory.
Jonathan Kies (Win, 1-1) went the first six innings for the Fish as the senior left-hander tallied five strikeouts and allowed just one earned run.
Palm Beach Atlantic (7-2) got on the board in the first inning when Kapinos collected his first run-scoring hit of the day.
Barry (6-1) would even the score at 1-1 in the third inning as the score remained knotted until the fifth.
PBA cashed in with two runs in the top of the fifth thanks to a double-play groundout and then a Kapinos double to the corner plating another run.
Kies collected his biggest strikeout in the bottom of the sixth inning as he escaped a bases-loaded jam by retiring the final batter of the inning on a high fastball.
Things would remain 3-1 until the seventh when PBA did their damage with two outs and nobody on.
Ortiz began the rally with a walk, stole second-base then trotted home on a Joel Buchko grounder that was over-thrown by a BU infielder.
Andres Vazquez, back in the lineup after a few days off due to injury, then gave the Fish another run as his hard single through the left-side plated PBA’s fifth run.
An RBI groundout by Kapinos in the top of the ninth inning afforded PBA an insurance run.
Following Kies in the pitching order came two solid innings of relief from senior Alejandro De Moya and then a scoreless ninth inning by closer Jimmy Kelly.
Ortiz finished with a pair of walks, a single, a stolen base and four runs scored for the night.
After a busy opening to their week with two games in back-to-back days, the Sailfish will be off until the weekend when they take on Eckerd College in a three-game set. The Sailfish and Tritons open play on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 pm followed by a double-header on Saturday at 12 pm.