Senior Day Sweep! Sailfish Take Two From Eckerd, Earn Weekend Sweep
April 27, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
JUPITER, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic ended the regular season in fine fashion on Saturday afternoon, sweeping Eckerd college on 2013’s senior day by scores of 13-8 and 7-1.
The opener of the double-header had scoring aplenty, contrasting Friday night’s pitcher’s duel. PBA got 13 runs on 16 hits after scoring just two runs on six hits in the first game of the series.
The game was back-and-forth through the first three innings, with Eckerd knotting the game up at 5-5 in the top of the fourth inning. The Sailfish used a six-run frame to distance themselves from the Tritons, and put them on top for good.
The inning started with back-to-back singles from Spencer Castro and Karl Kapinos, and after a walk to Matt Perkowski, the ‘Fish got a run-scoring single from Ryan Gerber. Sean Visconti then drove home two runs with a single, and Joel Buchko put the exclamation point on the inning with his fourth home run of the season.
The Tritons had some magic in their bats as well, leading off the fifth inning with back-to-back-to-back home runs to left field, and cutting into the PBA lead. That lead would stand up until the bottom of the eighth inning, when A.J. Steimel parked his fourth round-tripper of the season.
Jonathan Kies (Win, 7-1) picked up the victory for his home finale, striking out four in 6 1/3 innings of work before handing the ball off to Matt Niedzwiecki, who fanned four batters over the final 2 2/3 innings and picked up his third save of the season.
After celebrating the careers of the six 2013 seniors between games, Palm Beach Atlantic came out swinging the hot sticks yet again, knocking out seven runs in the first two innings of play.
After Gerber and Visconti started the home half of the first with infield singles, Buchko picked up another RBI on the day with a single. After an error on Eckerd’s centerfielder, two runs scored and Buchko wound up at third base. A Steimel sacrifice fly drove home the third run, and then a bases loaded, hit-by-pitch to Bobby Kissner drove home a fourth run, making Brian Walker’s hustle double hurt the Tritons.
After sending ten men to the plate in the first inning, the Sailfish came right back and tacked three more on in the second, highlighted by a Karl Kapinos bases-loaded double. Ryan Drew capped off the frame with an RBI single to right field.
The seven runs were more than enough for the senior pitching trio of Andres Lopez (Win, 5-6), Alejandro De Moya, and T.J. Harbuck. Lopez went 5 2/3 innings before handing the ball to De Moya, who struck out the only batter he faced. Harbuck worked the final inning and brought home the sweep.
The day focused on the seniors, but the junior bats of Steimel, Buchko and Kapinos carried the Sailfish Saturday afternoon. Steimel finished with three hits and drove in five runs, while Buchko added three hits of his own with four runs scored and four runs driven in. Kapinos may have had the best day of all, going 5-for-6 in the two games.
With the pair of victories, Palm Beach Atlantic got their first three-game sweep over a Sunshine State Conference opponent since the NCAA Division II era began.