Three Run Eighth Lifts PBA over UPJ, 9-6
March 12, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic put together a fine performance at the plate Wednesday afternoon, knocking out 14 base hits on the way to a 9-6 victory over the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown in Fort Pierce.
After taking a 6-0 lead early, PBA withstood a ferocious comeback, plating three runs in the eighth inning to bring home their fourth victory in a row.
The decisive eighth inning started with a pair of walks to Ryan Gerber and Spencer Castro, and was shortly followed by a single by junior Jason Webb that scored Gerber and gave the Sailfish the lead for good. After an Anthony Ortiz single and a Chris Farrell double, the PBA lead had swelled to three runs and they would never look back.
After the Mountain Cats scored six runs off of the Sailfish pitching, Phil DiLandro (Win, 2-1) emerged from the bullpen to toss three quality innings, striking out three and walking out none. Dominic Monda (Save, 4) came in to shut the door for the final four outs of the contest.
PBA had five players turn in multi-hit performances on the day, including three-hit games from Ortiz, Farrell, and Webb. All of Farrell’s hits were doubles, and he drove in a season-high four runs for the game. Ortiz also scored three runs and drove in two. Ethan Perla and Andres Vazquez each had two-hit performances for the ‘Fish.
The conclusion of Palm Beach Atlantic’s six games in six days swing ends tomorrow with an 11 AM matchup with Assumption College at the Santaluces Baseball Complex.