Sailfish Crush Buccaneers 12-0 For First Win of the Season
February 20, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic offense bust out in a big way and combined with a stellar pitching performance on Friday night to shutout Barry University 12-0, scoring 12 runs on 15 hits while allowing just six hits from Finebloom Field.
Starter Josh Turner (Win, 1-2) set the tone in the first inning, striking out the side and bringing the ‘Fish back to the plate with some momentum. PBA manufactured a run in the second, starting with a Brian Walker single. After stealing second, Walker advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a groundout.
Another key to Palm Beach Atlantic’s success on Friday night was taking advantage of Barry’s errors. In the third inning, Pat Kane reached on a throwing error and was then followed by a Sean Visconti single. Senior Chris Farrell then reached on another Buccaneers’ error and loaded the bases up for Andres Vazquez. The cleanup man came through with a two-run double down the left field line that made the score 3-0.
With Turner dealing on the mound, the offense kept building the Sailfish lead. Rookie Jake Summey led off the fourth inning with a bunt single and was followed by a single from fellow freshman Hakeem Rhodes. Jorge Bravo reached on yet another Barry error that scored Summey and put runners on the corners with still no one out. After a flyout, Visconti walked and loaded the bases. Ferrell was back to the plate and fell behind in the count after two pitches, but worked his way back into the at-bat and drew an RBI walk. Vazquez came to the plate and scorched a single through the left side to drive in another run, and Walker was hit by a pitch to bring the total in the inning to four.
Now working with a 7-0 cushion Turner put the game in cruise control, allowing just three baserunners over his final three innings of work. He would be relieved by David Paul (Save, 1), who worked the final nine outs to record his first collegiate save.
Palm Beach Atlantic tacked on another run in the fifth inning thanks to a two-out triple to right field by Kane and an RBI-single up the middle by Visconti. The Sailfish would go on to tack on two runs in each of the eighth and ninth innings to break the game into blowout territory.
Seven of nine players in the order had base hits on the night, with Kane, Visconti and Vazquez each collecting three hits on the night. Farrell and Rhodes also knocked out three hits. Vazquez led the offensive onslaught with four runs driven in, while Kane had a double and triple on the evening.
The shutout was the first for PBA since April 19th, 2013 when they defeated Barry 4-0 on the heels of an 82-pitch complete game from former Sailfish Nic Kovacs.
PBA returns to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Barry for the remainder of the series. The double-header will begin at 1:00 pm from Miami Shores.