Sailfish Trip Up In Double Header, Swept By Tritons
April 19, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic traveled across the state to take on Eckerd College in a traditional three-game series, but a rainout Friday night transformed the series to a Saturday double-header. Unfortunately for the Sailfish, the extra rest from Friday helped the Tritons more than them, with the hosts sweeping the twinbill by scores of 6-5 and 2-1 from the Turley Complex.
PBA wasted no time in the first inning, putting three runs on the board thanks to big hits from Chris Farrell and Joel Buchko. In fact, the ‘Fish would take a commanding lead just two innings later when junior Andres Vazquez sailed a two-run homer over the fence to make the score 5-0.
The Tritons would chip their way back into the game, scoring three runs of their own in the third inning to make it 5-3. They brought it within one run in the fourth inning with another tally, and would take the lead with two runs (one unearned) in the seventh.
Defensively, the Sailfish turned in a sloppy performance, committing four errors in the first game of the day. The game ended with Anthony Ortiz getting picked off first with Buchko at the plate representing the go-ahead run.
Farrell finished the game with three base hits and a pair of runs scored, while both Buchko and Vazquez finished 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.
The nightcap of the day’s double-dip was a pitcher’s duel from the beginning. The tough-luck loser for PBA was right-hander Ryan Cota (Loss, 3-4) who tossed a six-inning complete game and allowed just the two runs.
After EC tallied their first run in the bottom of the fourth, PBA came out clicking in the fifth. Senior Ryan Drew started the frame off with a double, then advanced to third on a bunt single by Ryan Gerber. With two on and no out, Brian Walker bunted home Drew while reaching first with the bunt single. To top it off, Jason Webb also bunted his way aboard. With the bases loaded and nobody out, the Sailfish were poised to take the lead, but it would never happen.
Eckerd turned a 1-2-3 double play to take the wind right out of the rally’s sails, and a groundout ended the rally as quickly as it had started.
The Tritons scored the game-winner on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Palm Beach Atlantic out-hit Eckerd in game two, 6-3, but the missed opportunity in the fifth inning came back to bite the visitors. Webb was the only Sailfish with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-2 at the dish.
PBA is back in action on Wednesday evening, looking to get back on the winning track with a single game against Barry University at 6:00 PM.