Sailfish Split Double-Header Against Mocassins, Grab Momentum With Game 2 Win
March 30, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
LAKELAND, Fla. – For the second straight weekend, Palm Beach Atlantic salvaged a three-game series against a Sunshine State Conference opponent with a double-header split on Saturday afternoon, dropping game one 9-2 and winning game two 7-3 against Florida Southern College at Henley Field.
The first game of the bargain bill was matching up to be a pitcher’s duel until the fateful sixth inning. The Moccasins put four runs on the board against starter Andres Lopez, benefiting from a free pass and five base hits.
The Mocs would go on to add another run in the seventh against Stefano Bucciol, and two more in the eighth off of southpaw Kevin Bartlett to expand the lead out to 9-2.
The offense was held in check by the Florida Southern hurlers all game, with five of the PBA seven hits coming off the bats of Sean Visconti and Anthony Ortiz. Ortiz went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Visconti went 2-for-3. Karl Kapinos added the only extra basehit for PBA, a double in the second inning.
When Palm Beach Atlantic needed a gut-check performance from their starting pitcher, Jonathan Kies stepped up for the Sailfish.
Kies tossed his second complete game in as many outings, going all seven innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits, striking out six and walking two. The Sailfish offense came alive in the finale to back the southpaw.
After FSC claimed a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with three runs on four hits and a PBA error, PBA got a clutch hit from Bobby Kissner. With two runners aboard and two out, Kissner launched a first-pitch curveball over the left field fence, giving the Sailfish a lead they would never relinquish.
In need of some insurance in the top of the seventh, Palm Beach Atlantic added three more runs thanks to a two-run single by A.J. Steimel and a sacrifice fly from Joel Buchko. The extra cushion was more than enough for Kies, who retired the last six batters in succession.
The Sailfish improve to 19-13 on the season and return to action on Tuesday evening, traveling back to Melbourne, Florida to take on the Florida Tech Panthers for the second time in less than a week.