Fish Keep Rolling as Potent Offense Backs a Solid Lopez Outing in Rout of Mercyhurst

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Bobby Kissner (Pictured) Gave the Fish a Big Lift from the Cleanup Spot on Thursday by Going 4-for-5 with Two Doubles and Three Runs Driven In. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.Bobby Kissner (Pictured) Gave the Fish a Big Lift from the Cleanup Spot on Thursday by Going 4-for-5 with Two Doubles and Three Runs Driven In. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

Box Score

LANTANA, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic utilized two big middle innings on Thursday evening to support the strong pitching of senior Andres Lopez as the Fish won big with a 12-2 win over Mercyhurst (Pa.) University at the Santaluces Complex. Lopez went seven solid innings on the hill while the PBA offense pounded out a total of 13 hits including four from junior Bobby Kissner for their third straight victory.

The first three-and-a-half innings looked more like a pitcher’s duel than a slugfest as Lopez (Win, 3-1) was matched by the Lakers (4-6) lefty counterpart, Braedon Pennington (Loss, 1-1).

The Sailfish (11-4) pushed across a first inning run on a two-out double off the wall from Kissner that plated Ryan Gerber while the game would be tied in the top of the fourth inning on a two-out infield single from Kolin McMillen.

 Things would unravel quickly for the Lakers in the bottom of the fourth however.

A leadoff single from freshman Sean Visconti got things going followed by a bunt single from Ethan Perla and Ryan Drew reaching on a MU error that loaded the bases with nobody out.

Falling behind 2-0 in the count to Spencer Castro, Pennington then grooved a fastball that Castro drilled into right-centerfield to plate two runs and push PBA on top 3-1.

A bunt single from Gerber then plated another run as did a Joel Buchko sacrifice fly two batters later for a 5-1 PBA advantage. A sharp single up the middle by Kissner added the final run of the inning as Pennington exited after 3.2 innings of work.

The fourth inning outburst would prove to be just a prequel to the fifth frame as PBA plated six more runs to open up a blowout.

The Fish once again loaded the bases with no one out, thanks to a pair of walks and another Gerber bunt single. Anthony Ortiz then smoked a 2-run single up the middle to stretch the PBA lead to 8-1.

After a RBI groundout from Buchko plated yet another score, Kissner just missed his second homerun in as many games when he smashed a MU offering off the left-field fence for his second RBI double of the evening.

Matt Perkowski followed with a run-scoring single while a botched groundball off the bat of Drew gave the Fish their final run of the inning.

Following Lopez good work of seven innings pitched including eight strikeouts was a scoreless frame each by Stephano Bucciol and Kevin Bartlett. Both tall left-handers recorded a pair of strikeouts in their respective scoreless inning.

Following Kissner’s big day at the plate of a 4-for-5 with three runs driven home was Visconti at 3-for-3 with three singles and two walks.

Gerber was 2-for-5 with a walk included while Ortiz finished 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two driven in.

Drew and Castro each scored twice as well.

PBA will have the next week off from game action as they will look to take advantage of their early Spring Break. They will be back on the field starting Friday, Mar. 8 as they will begin a three-game set in Miami Gardens at St. Thomas University.

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