Five Run 13th Lifts Sailfish Over Panthers, 9-5
April 2, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
MELBOURNE, Fla. – It took a little longer than usual, but Palm Beach Atlantic knocked down No. 20 Florida Tech with a five-run top of the 13th, coming from behind to top the Panthers 9-4 on Tuesday night.
In the decisive 13th, Bobby Kissner started the inning with a walk. Karl Kapinos, who went 2-for-4 on the day, lined a double to the right-center field gap to put the Sailfish in business. Matt Perkowski was intentionally walked, and leadoff man Ryan Gerber made the Panthers pay. The third baseman doubled to left center field, driving home two, and putting the Sailfish up for good.
The inning wasn’t over there. With one out and the bases loaded again, A.J. Steimel served a ball past the outstretched glove of the first baseman down the right field line to plate two. PBA would add one more on an RBI single from Joel Buchko.
It was the Panthers who jumped on the board early, and it would take a ninth inning comeback set the stage for Palm Beach Atlantic’s vital extra-inning victory.
With the score 4-3 and the Florida Tech star closer on the mound, PBA scratched out a run thanks to a two-out, RBI single by Sean Visconti. The rookie knocked out four singles on the day, finishing 4-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored, and a sacrifice bunt.
All four runs for FIT came against Phil DiLandro, who made his second start in less than a week against Florida Tech. The southpaw went six and two-thirds innings, striking out five and walking one while allowing three earned runs. The Sailfish got six and one-third innings of shutout ball from the combination of righty Matt Niedzwiecki, and lefties Alejandro de Moya and Stefano Bucciol.
Palm Beach Atlantic was in need of a signature win in the region, and the ‘Fish stepped up to get It tonight. Between the extra-inning Houdini acts from de Moya, to the consistent performance from the offense, it was an all-around team win.
The offense was led by Visconti and his four hits, but got plenty of contribution from the rest of the lineup. Steimel finished the game 3-for-6 with three runs driven in, while Gerber and Buchko finished with two hits and two RBI.
The Sailfish return to action this weekend in a three-game series against Nova Southeastern. The series, originally slated to be played at home, will be played in Davie on the campus of Nova Southeastern University.