Sailfish Split Road Contest With Bobcats
March 9, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic traveled back to St. Thomas to take on the Bobcats in a double-header Saturday afternoon and came away with a two-game split, winning game one by a 6-0 score, and falling in game two in extra-innings, 3-2.
Palm Beach Atlantic started out hot, dominating game one on 11 hits and six runs, defeating the host Bobcats in shutout fashion, 6-0.
The pitching combination of Andres Lopez, Matt Niedswiecki, Alejandro De Moya, and Jimmy Kelly allowed just three hits throughout the nine inning contest, striking out a total of ten Bobcats. Lopez, the starter, went six innings and scattered three hits while striking out seven. The bullpen combined for three perfect innings.
The Sailfish jumped on the board right away against the Bobcats, scoring on a hustle play by Ryan Gerber on a St. Thomas error. After the Fish were shut out on Friday night, they would score three runs in the fifth, and single runs in the sixth and seventh to down STU.
Spencer Castro led the offense in game one, going 3-for-4 at the plate with three singles. Matt Perkowski tacked on two hits in five chances, and both Anthony Ortiz and Brian Walker notched a hit out of the ninth spot in the order.
The nightcap of the double-header started in a very similar fashion to the first game. Gerber scored in the first inning off of a run-scoring single from Andres Vazquez, who made his return to the lineup after missing three weeks to injury.
After St. Thomas scored in the second to tie it up, the Sailfish and Bobcats would trade runs in the third inning to post the score at 2-2. Bobby Kissner missed his second home run of the season by two feet, lining a double off the left field wall to score Sean Visconti for the second run.
That near-miss came important later on, as the Sailfish would not break through against the Bobcats’ bullpen.
The PBA pitching was tremendous once again, getting a solid 7 2/3 innings from Jonathan Kies. The southpaw struck out eight batters while walking three before giving way to Matt Niedswiecki. Niedswiecki worked a flawless 3 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits while striking out two.
The Bobcats took advantage of a rare hiccup from Jimmy Kelly in the 12th, making a two-out hit batsman count as the winning run. The host would scamper home with a 3-2, walkoff victory. It was the first earned run of the season for Kelly, as well as his first hit batter.
Palm Beach Atlantic is now 12-6 on the season after splitting the double-header and will return to action on Wednesday at home against the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. You can catch the broadcast on www.pbasailfish.com.