Five Run Fifth Dooms Sailfish, Fall 9-4 to Barry

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director

Sailfish Left-Hander Casey Kopec (Pictured) Tossed 3.2 Innings of Relif Without Allowing a Hit or Run. He Also Struck Out Four Batters. Photo Courtesy of: David Michael Paul.Sailfish Left-Hander Casey Kopec (Pictured) Tossed 3.2 Innings of Relif Without Allowing a Hit or Run. He Also Struck Out Four Batters. Photo Courtesy of: David Michael Paul.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball took another tough loss on Tuesday evening, falling victim to a five-run fifth inning by the visiting Barry Buccaneers and falling 9-4 on the night from Rubin Park.

Free passes were the main culprit to the Sailfish downfall on the night, with 10 walks and five hit batsman leading directly to four runs for the Bucs. PBA used five pitchers on the night, with Phil DiLandro (Loss, 0-1) taking the loss.

The offense got going right away for the Sailfish after Barry had put three runs on the board in the top of the first. Pat Kane led off with a double and sophomore Sean Visconti followed with a double of his own. The run was the first scored in Rubin Park history.

The ‘Fish would add another on a Chris Farrell double to right-center, and the deficit was cut to just one. After Barry scored a run in the top of the second inning, Palm Beach Atlantic cut back into the lead thanks to a Jason Webb RBI infield single that scored Andres Vazquez, but that was as close as the Sailfish would get.

With a runner on first and two outs in the top of the fifth, Barry got back-to-back walks to load the bases. The seven and eight hitters in the order then came through with clutch base hits that cleared the bases and busted the game wide open for the Buccaneers.

Though the Sailfish would threaten a few times during the course of the contest, they were never able to put more than one run on the board. Reliever Casey Kopec was one of the few bright spots on the hill for Palm Beach Atlantic on the night, throwing 3 2/3 innings without allowing a hit and striking out four.

At the plate it was Kane who led the way with two doubles and a run scored in the contest, while freshman catcher Ryan Johnson knocked two singles and threw out two would-be base stealers.

Palm Beach Atlantic returns to action on Tuesday, February 17th when they welcome Embry-Riddle University to Rubin park at 6 pm.

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