Bullpen Unable to Hold Late Lead as Sailfish Drop Opener to Eckerd

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - After staking themselves to an early 3-0 lead entering the middle innings behind a strong outing from junior Buddy Fisher, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team was unable to hold on against Eckerd College during Friday night’s opener of the weekend series as the Tritons were victorious 6-4.

As they have done for much of the season, Palm Beach Atlantic jumped out to an early lead by scoring in the first inning. A leadoff double by second-baseman Mariano Jimenez got things rolling who eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly RBI from senior Zach Grau.

As Fisher shutdown the Tritons lineup in the early going, PBA wouldn’t get back on the scoreboard themselves until the fifth inning as they expanded their lead to three runs.

Jimenez once again started the scoring rally, this time with a two-out single followed up by fellow senior Mark Jarvis reaching on a throwing error. Grau once again delivered following Jarvis reaching with a two-run triple that sent Jimenez and Jarvis racing home.

After running into some trouble in the sixth inning as the Tritons pushed across their first run, Fisher unfortunately met even more problems in the seventh which eventually cost the Sailfish the lead.

The Tritons scored three times in the seventh inning as they tied the game at four runs each after PBA had added a run of their own in their half of the inning. That ended the day for Fisher who produced a solid outing of seven innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, while striking out two and walking two.

Reliever Dustin Ducasse, a lefty specialist for head coach Rob Avila, entered for the Fish in the eighth and was greeted by the Tritons swinging bats. Ducasse finished the outing allowing three hits and two earned runs in 2/3 of an inning before giving way to Brett Hammann.

PBA will look to rebound against Eckerd on Saturday when the Fish and Tritons begin a double-header at 1 pm.

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