Sailfish Squeeze Past No. 6 Panthers For 7-6 Victory
March 11, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
LANTANA, Fla. – Spencer Castro laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to score Ryan Drew and give Palm Beach Atlantic a one-run lead in the four-run eighth inning that led to the Sailfish 7-6, come-from-behind victory over Florida Tech on Tuesday night from the Santaluces Baseball Complex.
Palm Beach Atlantic started the decisive eighth inning by drawing back-to-back walks and getting a single from Andres Vazquez. Drew followed up with an RBI single, which set the table for Ryan Gerber, who then drove home two runs to tie the game at 6-6. It was then that Castro placed a perfect bunt in front of home to bring in Drew and plate the eventual winning run.
FIT jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two innings before PBA started to chip away in the third, scoring three runs on four hits. The Panthers tacked another run on in the sixth inning to double-up the score before handing the ball off to the bullpen. The Sailfish collected four runs, five hits and two walks against two Florida Tech pitchers in the eighth inning.
Alex Greener, Ryan Cota (Win, 3-1), and Dominic Monda turned in an impressive overall performance on the mound, striking out ten Panthers and allowing only four earned runs.
The offense was led by Vazquez and Ethan Perla, who both collected three-hit on the night. Ryan Gerber continued his hot hitting as of late, going 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, and Anthony Ortiz added two hits and a run scored.
PBA finished the game with seven runs on 13 base hits, while also taking advantage of five FIT errors.
The Sailfish return to action on Tuesday afternoon, taking on the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown in Ft. Pierce at 3 PM.