PBA Falls In NCCAA Regional Opener to Shorter, 3-2
May 7, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
LAKELAND, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic fell behind early to Shorter University and were unable to overcome the deficit in the first round of the NCCAA South Regional, falling 3-2 on Tuesday night from Ted Broer Stadium at Southeastern University.
Right-handed ace Nic Kovacs went the distance in the seven inning affair, walking one batter while striking out eight and allowing just one earned run. The Skyhawks notched two unearned runs in the first inning, benefiting from one of two PBA errors in the game.
The Sailfish offense was led by Sean Visconti and A.J. Steimel, who both went 3-for-3 on the day. The duo scored both of PBA’s runs in the sixth inning and combined for two-thirds of Palm Beach Atlantic’s nine hits.
In a game where both pitchers were at the top of their game, Kovacs allowed the lone walk, while Shorter’s only free pass game as a hit batsman in the final frame. The hurlers combined for 12 total strikeouts.
With the loss, Palm Beach Atlantic falls into the loser’s bracket of the NCCAA South Regional. The Sailfish are scheduled to play at 3 P.M. on Wednesday against the winner of No. 2 Emmanuel College and No. 4 Point University.