Sailfish Get 5 In The 8th To Win Bizarre Game Against Pitt-Johnstown, 13-8
March 13, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
LANTANA, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic fell down eight runs after the first half inning of play, but were able to power their way all the way back to defeat the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, 13-8, on Wednesday afternoon at Santaluces Baseball Complex.
Senior Stefano Bucciol came in relief after the PBA starter failed to record an out through the first eight batters of the inning, and the southpaw stopped the damage at eight runs. With an eight-run deficit staring them in the eyes, the Sailfish offense went to work.
After the Mountain Cats sent 13 runners to the plate in the top of the first, the Fish responded by sending 12 of their own men to the plate. Bobby Kissner and Ethan Perla each wrapped two-run singles with the bases loaded to fuel the inning, and when the final out was made, PBA had tied the score up at 8-8.
The first inning took over one hour to complete, and then in a complete turn of events, the offenses went silent. Neither team was able to get a run across until the fateful eighth inning.
Junior Ryan Gerber started off the inning with a single and ended up scoring on a tough-hop single by Joel Buchko to take the lead. After a Kissner RBI single, sophomore Andres Vazquez chopped a two-run double down the left field like to put the nail in the coffin.
The trio of Bucciol, Phil DiLandro, and Jimmy Kelly shut down the Pitt-Johnstown offense over the course of the final nine innings. DiLandro (Win, 1-0) worked three innings of relief, allowing just one hit while striking out three. Kelly worked an uneventful ninth to finish out the game.
Everyone chipped in on the offensive side, but leading the way was Kissner with a 3-for-5 performance with three RBI and two runs. Gazoonie Sean Visconti went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Buchko went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Gerber finished 1-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored. Every Sailfish had at least one hit in the game.
Palm Beach Atlantic enjoys an off day Thursday before returning to Santaluces on Friday to take on the Florida Tech Panthers in a key South Region matchup.