PBA Settles for DH Split With St. Thomas
March 28, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – After a rain-shortened Friday night game, Palm Beach Atlantic traveled back south to take on St. Thomas University in a double-header and settled with a split with the Bobcats, falling in game one 5-4 and winning game two 8-4.
St. Thomas started the fateful ninth inning against Eric Russell (Loss, 2-1) with back-to-back singles and a walk. With the bases loaded and only one away, the number seven hitter in the order ripped a single to left field, which was subsequently misplayed by the left fielder and led to two extra runs crossing the plate. With the score tied 4-4, a passed ball with the bases loaded brought home the game-winning run.
Palm Beach Atlantic built up an early lead thanks to a two-run second inning that was highlighted by a Jason Webb double. The Sailfish added two more later in the game with a Andrew Calderone sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and a RBI triple by Chris Farrell in the ninth.
Unfortunately, St. Thomas would rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to spoil what had been a great pitching performance as a whole for the ‘Fish.
Kyle Polaski tossed the first two in perfect fashion, while Phil DiLandro carried the torch over the next four innings, allowing just one run on two hits. Sean Horner took over and tossed a dominating two innings to set the table for closer Eric Russell.
Webb finished the game with two doubles in his two-hit performance, while Chris Farrell also added a two-hit game.
Playing game two as a seven-inning affair, the Sailfish got a splendid performance out of right-hander Tyler Scheuer (Win, 2-1). The Sophomore tossed a complete game, scattering nine hits and allowing no earned runs with three strikeouts. St. Thomas’ biggest threat came in the third inning, where the Bobcats took advantage of an overturned call at first base and scored three times in the frame.
Fortunately, Palm Beach Atlantic had already jumped ahead, exploding for seven runs in the top of the third inning.
Jorge Bravo got the frame started with a single, was followed by Kevin Fry with a walk, and Pat Kane added another single. With the bases loaded, Sean Visconti knocked a single back up the middle to score two, and the Sailfish weren’t through yet.
Chris Farrell notched a single that loaded the bases once again, and Peter Rivera followed up with a great at-bat that resulted in a walk. With the score at 3-0, Brian Walker stood in and was beaned by the first pitch he saw, increasing the lead by another run. Jason Webb came to the plate with the bases loaded yet again and came through with a double that brought home a pair and expanded the lead out to 6-0.
PBA’s final tally of the inning came on a Bravo sacrifice fly, but in the end the damage had been done.
The Sailfish and Bobcats would trade runs in the seventh, but St. Thomas would get no closer than the 8-4 final.
Farrell’s good day at the plate continued in game two, as the senior went 3-for-4 in the nightcap for five total hits on the day. Walker added a 2-for-2 night for the Sailfish.
Palm Beach Atlantic returns to action on Monday night when they host South Florida rival Nova Southeastern University at Rubin Park at 6:00 pm.