Sailfish Can't Rally Past Panthers, Fall 8-5
March 27, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
MELBOURNE, Fla. – On a chilly Wednesday night from Florida Tech, Palm Beach Atlantic fell behind early and just could not pull even with the Panthers, falling 8-5 from Andy Seminik-Les Hall Field.
After the Panthers put up four runs in the fourth inning against freshman southpaw Phil DiLandro, the Sailfish were forced to battle their way back. The rookie settled down to throw six and two-third innings and surrendered just three earned runs.
The offense battled back to tie the score with two runs in the fifth and sixth innings. The pair of runs in the fifth came in courtesy of a Sean Visconti two-run single. In the sixth, Andres Vazquez scored thanks to an error by FIT on a batted ball from Matt Perkowski. Second baseman Brian Walker then knocked in Perkowski with a single up the middle.
Unfortunately for PBA, Florida Tech came right back in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead with a two-out rally. The Panthers scored two runs thanks to a fluke triple to right field that got caught in the lights. In the seventh inning, FIT added two more on a two-run homerun.
The Sailfish tried to rally in the ninth, with Ethan Perla scoring after pinch running for Joel Buchko. The tying run made it to the plate before the Panthers' closer slammed the door shut.
Palm Beach Atlantic outhit Florida Tech 12-8, but had just one extra-base hit and left ten runners on base. The one extra-base hit came from A.J. Steimel, who went 2-for-5 on the game with a double. Vazquez also went 2-for-5, while Walker added a 2-for-4 game.
The ‘Fish return to action on Friday night, visiting Lakeland t take on the Florida Southern College Moccasins.