Sweep Complete! PBA Turns Aside Barry For Weekend Sweep
February 21, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic baseball team continued to flex their offensive muscles on Saturday afternoon, sweeping away Barry University with a combined 19 runs and 26 hits in the two games from Finebloom Field.
PBA won Game One in a slugfest, 12-9, and cruised to a Game Two victory by a 7-2 final. The two wins combined with the Sailfish victory on Friday night marks the program’s first ever road sweep of a Sunshine State Conference opponent.
Palm Beach Atlantic wasted no time in getting on the board in the opening frame, getting a leadoff double from Pat Kane and an RBI single from Sean Visconti, who then took second on the throw to the plate. After Visconti stole third, Andres Vazquez came through with run-scoring single of his own and advanced on an error. Freshman Hakeem Rhodes knocked a single to left field that brought around Vazquez, and the Sailfish had themselves a 3-0 lead.
The Sailfish added two more runs to their total in the second inning thanks to a two-run double to left center from Visconti. Even when the Buccaneers plated four runs in the bottom of the second to make the game 5-4, PBA remained undeterred and kept their offensive onslaught going.
When the fourth inning rolled around the Sailfish got a lift from Visconti once again, who drove home Jorge Bravo to extend the lead to 6-4. Senior Chris Farrell then launched the first PBA home run of the 2015 season to push the lead back out to a four-run advantage at 7-3.
Sophomore Andrew Calderone joined the power party with a solo home run in the fifth inning that cushioned the lead to five. From there the two squads traded punches, with Barry scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth and PBA answering back with three in the eighth. Visconti swatted his fifth hit of the game in the inning, and was doubled home by Vazquez with Kane a few batters later. Even though the Bucs were able to push across a run in the bottom of the eighth and two in the ninth, the Sailfish emerged from the battle with the 12-9 win.
Casey Kopec (Win, 1-0) picked up the win with four and a third innings of work in which he allowed just one earned run. Visconti was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with four runs batted in and three runs scored. Vazquez had a fine day as well, adding three hits, three RBI and two runs, while Bravo and Rhodes each collected two hits.
After spreading out the offense in the first game, the Sailfish used a six-run fifth inning to crush the Buccaneers in the nightcap.
Jorge Bravo and Julian Bilodeau got the inning started with a single and double with one out in the frame. Pat Kane doubled down the right field line to score Bravo, and after a Sean Visconti walk to load the bases, Chris Farrell came through with a double of his own to put the ‘Fish up 3-0. After a strikeout for the second out of the inning, freshman Kyle Simon jacked a three-run homer to left field to expand the lead to 6-0.
Fellow freshman Kyle Polaski (Win, 1-0) was dealing on the mound for PBA, pitching into the seventh inning while scattering 11 hits, striking out seven and walking one. Barry manufactured a run in the seventh inning off the starter, but Simon would be sure to answer back an inning later.
Simon put the exclamation point on the series when he launched his second home run of the game to left field to make the score 7-1. The Bucs added a run in the bottom of the ninth, but the rally would go no further.
Kane provided a spark from the top of the order going 2-for-4 on the night, while Bravo added another two-hit performance to the day’s resume. Simon’s two homers made him 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored for the day, while Visconti finished the two-game set 6-for-10, adding another hit in the second game.
Palm Beach Atlantic looks to keep their win streak going when they return to action on Monday night when they play host to Nova Southeastern University at 6:00 pm.