Sailfish Slug Their Way to Seven Straight Victories With DH Sweep
March 14, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball exploded for 32 runs on 30 hits on Saturday to take down Molloy College 12-9 and the University of New Haven 20-11 to extend their winning streak to seven games in a non-traditional double header at Rubin Park.
PBA exploded for six runs in the third inning to grab a commanding lead they would never relinquish, going on to defeat the Lions 12-9 in the first game of the day for the Sailfish.
Brian Walker singled to the shortstop while Jason Webb followed with a walk. Sophomore Andrew Calderone smacked a single up the middle to score both. Back-to-back walks to Kyle Simon and Jorge Bravo loaded the bases and then Kane came through with a two-run double down the right field line to cap off the scoring.
In the fourth inning, Chris Farrell launched his third homer of the season over the left field fence to make it a 7-0 game, and Palm Beach Atlantic added three more in the fifth to make it a 10-0 lead.
After giving up three runs in the sixth and another in the eighth, the Sailfish tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning that would prove important. Walks would haunt the mound in the ninth inning, as the Lions loaded the bases without the credit of a hit and ended up scoring five in the frame. Fortunately for PBA, the rally was stopped before the tying run ever came to the plate.
Freshman Kyle Polaski (Win, 3-0) pitched well for the ‘Fish, going into the sixth while giving up three runs and striking out eight.
Webb led the way in game one with three base hits, while Kane, Visconti, Farrell, Rivera and Walker all added two hits apiece.
PBA’s second game against the University of New Haven was a wild one from the beginning, when the Sailfish scored three runs in the first inning without a base hit. Pat Kane walked, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch before Sean Visconti drew a walk to put runners on the corners. The Chargers tried a pick-off play at first and threw the ball away, handing the ‘Fish their first run.
After another walk by Peter Rivera, Jason Webb skied a ball 20 feet from home plate that no one was able to catch. The play brought home two runs and put the Sailfish on top 3-0.
New Haven would chip away however, scoring a single run in the second and then taking a brief lead in the third. Palm Beach Atlantic came right back with three of their own in the inning, with a Webb sacrifice fly and RBI singles from Andrew Calderone and Hakeem Rhodes.
The back-and-forth battle was on with the Chargers scoring two in their half of the fourth and the Sailfish tacking on three more in the home half of the frame to regain the lead.
Palm Beach Atlantic pushed two runs across thanks to New Haven miscues in the bottom of the fifth, and exploded for eight runs in the sixth. The rally started with a walk to Calderone, a single from Johnson and another walk to Rhodes. Kane then came through with another big bases-loaded knock, driving home two with a single to right center. Visconti laced a single to left field to load the bases again, and after an RBI walk by Chris Farrell, Peter Rivera highlighted the inning when he launched a double off the wall to drive home two.
With the score at 19-7, the Chargers stayed resilient with a four spot in the seventh, but UNH would never get closer than eight the rest of the way.
Sean Horner (Win, 1-0) bridged the gap from the fourth inning to the sixth to pick up the win for PBA, giving up one run on three hits with two strikeouts.
Game two belonged to Peter Rivera who went 4-for-4 with three doubles, a triple, a walk and a hit by pitch. He finished the night with five runs scored and three runs driven in. Brian Walker also added three hits in five chances, scoring three runs and driving in two, while Andrew Calderone finished the night 2-for-3.
Palm Beach Atlantic returns to action on Tuesday night when they welcome the University of Bridgeport to Rubin Park at 6:00 pm.