PBA Cruises In Series Opener With Philadelphia, Win 10-1
February 14, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
JUPITER, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic opened their three-game set with Philadelphia University in style on Friday night, tattooing the Rams to the form of 10 runs on 16 hits in a 10-1 victory from the Roger Dean Complex.
Philadelphia struck first with a run off starter Kennie Silvestri (Win, 2-0) in the second inning, but the offense struck back with a vengeance.
Junior Chris Farrell drove in two runs with a double in the third, Spencer Castro hit his second home run of the season in the fourth, and Patrick Nickler hit a bases-clearing double in the fifth. Not content with the six-run lead, PBA tacked on three more in the seventh inning.
Silvestri turned in his first quality start of the season, going 7 2/3 innings and allowing just the one run. The right-hander struck out five and didn’t allow a walk while surrendering just six hits.
The offense was the story tonight, however, and it was led by a few new faces to the Sailfish lineup. Elliott Gonzalez, who made his collegiate debut, and Nickler, who had just one start under his belt before tonight, gave the Rams fits. Gonzalez finished the game 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored, while Nickler shined with a 3-for-4 night that included five RBI. Castro, along with his home run, finished the night 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.
Palm Beach Atlantic got a look at some of their future tonight as well, with the likes of Tyler Parker and Mac Hessney making their college debuts, and sophomore Matt Bell finishing the game off on the mound.
PBA returns to action Saturday afternoon in a double-header against Philadelphia, starting at 1 PM from Palm Beach Gardens High School.