Sailfish Top Tars in Tenth, 10-8
April 8, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WINTER PARK, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic battled back from two separate three-run deficits to Rollins College on Wednesday night and used a three-run tenth inning to top the Tars 10-8 from Alfond Stadium.
In the tenth inning of a 7-7 game, PBA had a baserunner at third and two away with Brian Walker at the plate. The senior laid down a perfect bunt along the third base line to score the go-ahead run, and then came around to score a run of his own thanks to a Rollins’ error. The Sailfish would go on to tack on two more runs and take a 10-7 lead.
Eric Russell (Save, 3), surrendered an unearned run in the bottom of the 10th and picked up the save, securing the win for freshman David Paul (Win, 1-0).
Trailing 7-4 in the top of the eighth inning, freshman Kyle Simon smacked a one-out double to left to get a rally started. Jorge Bravo followed with a single to put runners on the corners, and after a Jake Summey swinging bunt single, sophomore Sean Visconti came through with an RBI single to left.
With the bases loaded and two away, Chris Farrell laced a single to right-center to drive in two and tie the game at 7-7.
PBA broke open in the scoring in the top of the first thanks to a two-out RBI single from Brian Walker, Rollins bust out in a big way with four runs on four hits against starter Josh Turner.
Turner settled in after that and allowed his offense to chip away at the deficit. PBA got back-to-back solo homers from Farrell and Peter Rivera to trim the deficit to one in the third inning, and then scratched the tying run out in the sixth thanks to a wild pitch that brought a run in.
Palm Beach Atlantic’s defense faltered in the 7th inning, with two errors leading to three unearned runs against the Sailfish starter. Turner finished the game with an impressive 10 strikeouts, and surrendered four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings.
The offense was led by Summey, Simon and Walker, who each had three hits. Farrell added a 2-for-5 performance with three runs batted in, while Rivera and Visconti also tallied two-hit games.
PBA and Rollins play game two of their four game stretch Thursday afternoon at 3:00 pm in Winter Park.