Sailfish Split Double Header, Drop Series to Eckerd
February 16, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
St. Petersburg, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic found their offense in the double-header against Eckerd College on Saturday, knocking out 12 runs in game one and then four in game two, but split the day with the Tritons and fell in the weekend series.
The Sailfish could do no wrong in the first game, scoring 12 runs on 11 hits while drawing 11 walks, and the pitching trio of Andres Lopez, Phil DiLandro, and Kennie Silvestri held Eckerd to just three hits.
“Pops” went six innings allowing three hits while striking out five. The rookie DiLandro made his season debut, working two innings and striking out four, while Silvestri worked a perfect ninth.
PBA scored three runs in the third, two more in the fourth, another in the fifth, and then erupted in the fifth. The Sailfish got four free passes in the inning from Eckerd pitching, then got clutch singles from Brian Walker, and AJ Steimel that drove in runs. The big blow came from Spencer Castro, who singled home a pair with the bases loaded. They’d add another run on in the seventh for good measure.
The Fish were led offensively in the game by Ethan Perla and Karl Kapinos, who each went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs. Perla also had an RBI. Castro finished 2-of-5 with a run to go along with two RBI, and Matt Perkowski finished 1-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored.
It took a while for the offense to reconnect with its first half swagger, but in the end it was an Eckerd four-run seventh inning that knocked down the Sailfish, 7-4.
After starter T.J. Harbuck allowed three runs on three hits in the first, he settled down to finish five innings and give PBA a chance.
In the top of the sixth inning, Palm Beach Atlantic took advantage of a pair of Eckerd errors, scoring two earned and two unearned runs in the inning to take a brief lead. It was Spencer Castro once again coming through, knocking a two-run single through the left side give the Fish the lead.
The Tritons got to reliever Matt Niedzwiecki in the seventh, scoring a run to tie it up before chasing the righty from the game with two runners on. Jimmy Kelly struck out the first batter he faced with runners on first and second, but allowed his first run of the season in relief in the fashion of a three-run homerun.
PBA finishes the weekend with an 8-4 record and return to action on Tuesday to play South Florida rival Nova Southeastern.