Sailfish Split Saturday Double-Header
March 16, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
LANTANA, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic had a busy day on the diamond, playing a double-header against two tough opponents on Saturday afternoon, downing St. Michaels College in game one, 13-4, but then falling to Florida Tech in extra-innings, 12-10, in game two.
The Sailfish got another prime pitching performance from their starter, with Jonathan Kies tossing seven innings and allowing just one earned run. Kies struck out seven and walked just two while scattering seven hits throughout the outing. Kennie Silvestri pitched the final two innings for the ‘Fish.
With 13 runs on the board, 20 hits in the arsenal, and seven walks to boot, there was no shortage of contributors to the offensive output for PBA. Six of the starting nine hat multi-hit games, and every Sailfish in the lineup knocked at least one hit and scored at least one run.
Leading the charge for Palm Beach Atlantic was freshman Sean Visconti, who went 5-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored. Juniors Joel Buchko and A.J. Steimel each knocked out four base hits, including a three-run home run from Steimel. Buchko finished with two RBI’s, Steimel with four.
After a gut-wrenching victory on Friday night over Florida Tech, the Panthers were looking for revenge on Saturday afternoon. It was looking like Palm Beach Atlantic was well on their way to a weekend sweep and a 5-0 week, but FIT had other plans, topping the Sailfish in extra innings, 12-10.
Fueled by eight runs scored in the third, fourth and fifth innings, Palm Beach Atlantic looked to have the game in control with Andres Lopez on the hill. Unfortunately, “Pop’s” pitch count reached its limit, and the righty had to head to the showers. The Panthers took it to the Sailfish bullpen, scoring eight runs in the final four innings against a trio of PBA’s top relievers.
Florida Tech tied the game with a pair of home runs, one solo, one two-run shot, in the top of the ninth inning, and then knocked four base hits in the tenth to take a 12-10 lead.
Lopez shined through the first six innings, striking out 11 and walking just two, and the offense picked up right where it left off in game one. Once again, six batters for Palm Beach Atlantic knocked out multi-hit games. Ryan Gerber and A.J. Steimel led the way with three hits apiece, while Bobby Kissner went 2-for-3 with three runs driven in on his second home run of the season.
Even with the split on the day, the Sailfish can pride themselves on a strong offensive day at the plate. Gerber finished the day 7-of-10, including five runs driven in, while Steimel went 6-for-10 with his first home run of the season and five RBI’s.
Even with the loss, PBA finished the week and impressive 4-1, and travels to Barry on Tuesday to try and get back on the right track.