Sailfish Swept By Saint Leo Saturday Afternoon
March 2, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic’s tough road trend continued Saturday afternoon against Saint Leo University, with the Sailfish falling in Game One of the day’s double-header 16-10, then tripping up again in the series finale 6-3 from Thomas B. Southard Field.
The Sailfish have struggled preventing opponents from having big offensive innings all season, and game one was no different. After taking a 9-5 lead in the top of the sixth inning, the Lions rallied for four runs of their own to tie the score. PBA came right back and tacked on another run, but SLU put up seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the victory.
Palm Beach Atlantic had a hitting clinic put on by senior Joel Buchko, who went 4-for-5 at the plate with five runs driven in and two runs scored. The senior hit his first career triple for the Sailfish in the game. The Sailfish also got multi-hit performances out of Andres Vazquez, Ryan Drew, and Ryan Gerber, who all went 2-for-4 and each drove in a run.
In total, PBA had 11 hits in the game, but Saint Leo was able to collect four more for 15 total hits. Only one run in the game was unearned for the Sailfish pitching.
The finale of the weekend series was a low-scoring affair compared to the first two games, with PBA falling 6-3. The Sailfish had six hits in the contest while the Lions were just one better with seven. Prior to that, Palm Beach Atlantic and Saint Leo combined for 47 runs on 57 hits.
There was one similarity in Game Two that resembled the previous two games however: two big Saint Leo innings were the difference in the game. A three-run fifth followed by a three-run sixth gave the Lions all they would need for the victory.
Senior Ethan Perla was the only Sailfish to finish the game with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt out of the leadoff spot. Vazquez continued to swing the bat well since his return from the disabled list, bopping his first home run of the season.
The Sailfish will look to rebound on Tuesday evening, traveling south to Barry University to take on the Buccaneers beginning at 6 PM.