PBA Claims Game One Victory Over West Palm Beach Rival

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Suiting up for the second matchup of the season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team had a much better fate than their previous meeting with Northwood University as the Sailfish downed the Seahawks for a 3-2 victory in the opener.

The Fish and Seahawks met up earlier this season in a one-game tilt that left Northwood on the winning end with a convincing 18-9 victory.

Issac Hicks, a right-hander from St. Louis, Missouri, tallied the victory atop the hill for PBA as Hicks tossed six innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs while collecting five strikeouts. Freshman fire-baller Peter Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) tossed a scoreless final frame to earn his first collegiate save.

After two scoreless innings to open the ballgame, Palm Beach Atlantic jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top-half of the third inning. Senior Billy Falconio (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) got things started with a single to left-field followed by a two-run homerun from freshman Brett Richardson (Orlando, Fla.).

The Fish added on what would be a much needed insurance run in the sixth inning. Senior Mariano Jimenez (Bradenton, Fla.) doubled to lead off the inning and was quickly moved up 90 feet after a Nick Norley (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) sacrifice bunt was perfectly executed. Senior Zach Grau (Kalamazoo, Mich.) followed with a RBI groundout to score the team’s third run of the contest.

Northwood would make things interesting in their half of the sixth inning as the Hawks pushed across a pair of runs that kept the game tight until the final pitch.

Falconio was the only PBA player to tally a multi-hit game while also scoring a run.

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