Sailfish Split With No. 2 Tampa, Take Series With Game 2 Victory

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications

Senior Southpaw Jonathan Kies (Pictured) Brought Home The Game Two Victory With 4 2/3 Innings Of Work, Striking Out Five Along The WaySenior Southpaw Jonathan Kies (Pictured) Brought Home The Game Two Victory With 4 2/3 Innings Of Work, Striking Out Five Along The Way

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TAMPA, Fla. – After defeating No. 2 Tampa on Friday night, Palm Beach Atlantic garnered a double-header split with the Spartans on Saturday afternoon, handing Tampa their first series loss of the 2013 season. The Sailfish fell in game one 7-2, but came back to win the nightcap, 8-4.

The Sailfish looked to be taking off right where they left off Friday night, loading the bases in the first inning thanks to three walks. Two strikeouts would end the inning and set the tone for the entire game.

PBA scored single runs in the second and fourth innings thanks to RBI singles by Ryan Gerber, but the offense would struggle the rest of the way. The Sailfish had six hits throughout the course of the game, and struck out a combined 13 times.

On the other side, Tampa bust out their hitting sticks, knocking out 14 hits on the way to seven runs against the pitching duo of Andres Lopez (Loss, 4-5) and Kennie Silvestri. They only failed to get a base hit in the first inning, and had the leadoff runner on base in six of eight innings.

Gerber finished the game with two base hits, while Anthony Ortiz tacked on two hits in four chances.

Palm Beach Atlantic came out in the first inning and put two runs on the board to take an early lead that they’d never relinquish. A.J. Steimel highlighted the frame with a run-scoring single to right field that drove in Sean Visconti.

Southpaw Jonathan Kies (Win, 6-1), pitched into the fifth inning against the potent Tampa lineup, allowing three earned runs along the way, before handing the ball off to righty Matt Niedzwiecki (Save, 2), who closed out the contest.

The Sailfish were clinging to a one-run lead heading into the final inning, with the meat of their order due up and in need of some insurance runs. PBA responded with three straight singles from Joel Buchko, Steimel and Brian Walker to start the inning, and then took advantage of a hit batsman and an error later on. In the end, the ‘Fish tacked on three runs and put the game out of reach.

Palm Beach Atlantic got two hits apiece from Buchko, Steimel and Walker en route to their nine hit output. The Sailfish were out-hit by the Spartans, 10-9 overall, but applied pressure on the base paths and executed perfectly to bring home their 22nd victory of the season.

The Sailfish play their last games at Palm Beach Gardens High School this Tuesday, looking for revenge against West Palm Beach rival Northwood in a double header, starting at 3 PM.

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