Strong Pitching Propels PBA To Double-Header Sweep Of STU
March 8, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
LANTANA, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic rode strong pitching in both games of Saturday’s double-header with St. Thomas University to two impressive victories, a 9-2 drubbing in game one and a 6-5 nailbiter in game two from the Santaluces Baseball Complex.
Starter Phil DiLandro (Win, 1-1) turned in his best performance of the season in the first game, tossing six complete innings while allowing just one earned run and striking out four. The southpaw kept the Bobcats’ lineup in check before handing it over to his bullpen, which got three innings of shut down ball from Ryan Cota and Dominic Monda.
After STU scored the first run of the game, PBA came back to score two in the second inning thanks to an RBI single by Ryan Gerber and an RBI double by Spencer Castro. The ‘Fish would go on to tack on another run in the fourth, three in the fifth, two more in the sixth, and finally another solo tally in the seventh.
Gerber, Castro, and Ryan Drew all finished the game with two hits, with Castro and Drew both driving in two runs. The bottom four hitters in the order for PBA provided the pop offensively, pounding out seven of the team’s nine hits.
After a bit of a blow out in game one, the Sailfish came out and scored a run early in Game Two to set the tone. Every time St. Thomas scored a run, Palm Beach Atlantic came back with a counter punch until the game finally finished in a 6-5 Sailfish victory.
Ryan Gerber continued to shine at the plate in the second game, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and three runs scored. In all, the senior shortstop had five hits and five runs scored on the day. Juniors Chris Farrell and Andres Vazquez each added two-hit ballgames in the nightcap as well.
The nightcap featured another fine performance on the mound for PBA, this time by junior Kennie Silvestri. The right-hander worked into the sixth inning, allowing just two earned runs on four hits while striking out a career-high six batters. Dominic Monda (Win, 2-0) came on to toss the final 1 2/3 innings, getting a bases loaded groundout to end the ballgame in the seventh.
It was the third straight game that Palm Beach Atlantic’s defense was a major reason for their success, with multiple plays around the infield being turned in that were worthy of a highlight reel. The Sailfish committed three errors over the three-game series, while St. Thomas committed nine.
Palm Beach Atlantic returns to the Santaluces Complex on Monday in an exhibition game, but return to official game action on Tuesday evening hosting the Florida Tech Panthers in a key South Region matchup.