PBA Blasts Past Merrimack, 13-6
March 10, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball stayed hot at the plate on Tuesday afternoon, pounding out 13 runs on 12 hits to take down Merrimack College 13-6 at Rubin Park.
Junior Pat Kane scored in the first inning to set the tone for the Sailfish, and the offense exploded in the second inning to put the game out of reach early.
Back-to-back walks to Ryan Johnson and Kevin Fry started the second frame, and then Kane laid down a bunt single to load the bases. Sean Visconti smacked a single to score a run, and Chris Farrell followed with a walk to drive in another. The big blows came on consecutive doubles from Peter Rivera and Brian Walker. PBA would add another run on a sacrifice fly later in the inning to cap the scoring off at six and give the ‘Fish a 7-0 lead.
Palm Beach Atlantic added a couple of unearned runs in the second inning to widen the lead out to nine runs, but Merrimack would not go quietly. The Warriors scored a single run in the fourth inning and then brought it closer with a five-spot in the fifth, but the Sailfish struck back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to secure the lead at 11-6.
Logan White (Win, 1-0) came out of the bullpen and performed well for the Sailfish, allowing just two hits over two and two-thirds innings of work. Right-handers David Paul and Robbie Pettet each pitched scoreless frames to hold the lead down.
The final nails in the coffin came in the seventh inning when Farrell capped off a 3-for-3 game with an RBI single to left field and Walker followed with a sacrifice fly to push it to the game’s final score of 13-6.
PBA’s offense was led by Farrell’s two singles and double, while he also scored three times, drove two in and walked twice. Kane finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs scored, and Visconti and Rivera each added two-hit performances. Walker only had one hit but drove in a game-high four runs.
Palm Beach Atlantic will have a day off before hitting the field again on Thursday when they welcome Southern Connecticut State to Rubin Park on Thursday at 6:00 pm.