Sailfish and Mocs Split Double-Header Slugfest
March 22, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic and Florida Southern College combined for 36 runs on 45 hits during Saturday afternoon’s slugfest of a double-header, with PBA coming out victorious in Game One 11-8, and falling in Game Two 10-7.
After Friday night’s one-sided affair, the Sailfish got on the board early in the first inning with a pair of runs. The Mocs would come back to score five straight unearned runs off starter Phil DiLandro (Win, 3-1) to take a 5-2 lead.
PBA erupted for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good, getting a clutch two-run single from Spencer Castro and back-to-back RBI doubles from Ethan Perla and Brian Walker.
Two innings later the ‘Fish would slam the door shut with back-to-back home runs from Walker and fellow junior Chris Farrell.
After FSC started to make things interesting in the ninth, Dominic Monda (Save, 6) came out of the pen to pick up the one-out save and give PBA the victory.
Five players finished with multi-hit games for Palm Beach Atlantic, with Walker leading the way with a 4-for-5 night. The second baseman also drove in three runs and scored two of his own. Farrell had a three-hit game, while Perla, Andres Vazquez, and Joel Buchko all added two hits of their own.
The slugfest continued in the nightcap of the double header, with both teams scoring three runs apiece in the first two innings of play. Palm Beach Atlantic got a solo blast from senior Ryan Drew that sent a charge through the team, but unfortunately Florida Southern was not amused.
FSC scored in all but the very last inning to build up their 10-run total, using 15 hits to get there.
It was PBA’s turn to make things interesting in the ninth, with Florida Southern’s closer on the mound, the right-hander walked the bases loaded and gave up a bases-clearing double to Chris Farrell. With the tying run on deck, FSC got a web-gem worthy play from their third baseman to end the threat and the ballgame.
The Sailfish were led at the plate by Ryan Drew all weekend. The Howell, New Jersey native crushed two solo home runs in this game, and three round-trippers over the course of the three-game series. The first baseman finished with 6-for-10 overall, and his batting average shot up thirty-four points over the weekend and is now at .394 for the year.
Palm Beach Atlantic returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Melbourne to take on the University of Montevallo beginning at 2 PM.