Sailfish Fall In Wild Opener Against Saints, 16-15
April 25, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – In a wild series opener on Friday night, Palm Beach Atlantic overcame an early seven run deficit and nearly walked away with a victory, but host Flagler College came away with the W in the end by a 16-15 final from Drysdale Field.
Wackiness was the theme of the night, starting in the very first inning. Palm Beach Atlantic scored four unearned runs to start the game, thanks in large part to a Ryan Gerber bases-loaded triple. Flagler would come right back and not only match the PBA production, but ultimately put together 10 runs in the inning.
The Sailfish remained persistent during the course of the game, even after seeing the lead swell to seven runs after the second inning. PBA scored three runs in the third, two in the fourth, two in the sixth, and finally three more in the top of the eighth inning that led to a tie game. Unfortunately, the Saints took the lead right back with two runs on just one hit in the bottom of the frame.
Andres Vazquez launched his fourth home run of the season in the top of the ninth inning with two outs to bring the ‘Fish back within one, and Ryan Drew kept the rally going with a single right after. Alas, the hosts recorded the final out and went home with a football-like victory in game one of the three game series.
Palm Beach Atlantic out-hit Flagler 18-17, and the Saints committed more errors (five) than the Sailfish (three), but three walks in the decisive bottom of the eighth came back to bight PBA.
Gerber had a career night at the plate, finishing 4-for-5 on the day with five runs driven in. Jason Webb drove in three runs while joining Drew in the three-hit club for the game, while Ethan Perla, Chris Farrell and Spencer Castro all collected two-hit games.
The Sailfish return to action with the Saints Saturday afternoon with a double-header beginning at 1 PM.