Sailfish Split Double Header With Rams To Finish Series
February 15, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic’s baseball team was able to hold on for one win Saturday afternoon, but fell in the nightcap of their double-dip with Philadelphia University, topping the Rams 9-5 in Game One and falling 5-1 in Game Two.
After Philadelphia put a run on the board in the first inning, PBA came back with two runs in their own half of the first, another run in the second, and two more runs in the third. The four-run advantage narrowed to 5-3 when the Rams tacked on a pair in the fourth, and the resilient PU squad would never go away.
The Sailfish saw their two-run lead diminish when the Rams added single runs on in the seventh and eighth innings. Just when it seemed that Philadelphia had all the momentum, PBA put up four runs in the bottom of the eighth.
The PU reliever walked two and hit a batter to load the bases for junior Chris Farrell, who promptly walked home the go-ahead run. Joel Buchko would add a sacrifice fly to make it 7-5, and then the big blow came. After another hit batsmen loaded the bases yet again, Spencer Castro lined a single to right field to plate two more and make it a 9-5 game.
Dominic Monda (Win, 1-0) got out of a bases-loaded jam to end the eighth and then a scoreless ninth to pick up his first victory as a Sailfish.
Farrell finished the game 2-for-2 with two runs, two RBI, and two walks. Buchko and Castro also drove in two runs apiece, and junior Brian Walker scored three runs after getting beaned three times.
After scoring 19 runs in the first two games of the series, Palm Beach Atlantic’s bats went quiet in the second game of the double-header, which ultimately led to the 5-1 defeat.
PBA outhit Philadelphia 7-6, but also committed multiple errors both in the field and on the base paths.
PU scored a run in the third, two in the fourth, and another in the fifth before adding an insurance run on in the seventh inning. Palm Beach Atlantic was incapable of cashing in on timely hits.
The Sailfish left the bases loaded in three of seven innings during the game, and only one pitcher, Robbie Pettet, was able to work against the Rams’ lineup without surrendering a run.
Joel Buchko finished the second game 2-for-2, and was the only Sailfish to record a multi-hit game.
PBA returns to action on Tuesday night at 6 PM, taking on Florida Memorial University at the Roger Dean Stadium Complex.