PBA Gives Up Late Lead, Falls to Rollins 9-7

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director

Senior Starter Kennie Silvestri (Pictured) Carved Through The Tars For 8 1/3 Innings, But PBA Couldn't Hold The Lead, Falling 9-7 Saturday Afternoon (Photo Credit: Neil Hayes).Senior Starter Kennie Silvestri (Pictured) Carved Through The Tars For 8 1/3 Innings, But PBA Couldn't Hold The Lead, Falling 9-7 Saturday Afternoon (Photo Credit: Neil Hayes).

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Starter Kennie Silvestri tossed a sparkling eight and one-third innings on Saturday afternoon, but the Palm Beach Atlantic defense and bullpen came up short over the final two outs of the ninth and surrendered a four-run cushion to Rollins College, ultimately falling 9-7 at Rubin Park.

After getting the first out in the ninth and the ‘Fish up 7-3, Silvestri hit a batter to put a man on board. With his pitch count over 100, he handed the ball off to David Paul (Loss, 1-1) who faced five batters without recording an out before giving way to Phil DiLandro.

With the bases loaded, DiLandro was able to induce a weak pop out to first for the second out of the inning, but the Tars got a single to left that, combined with an error, cleared the bases and gave the visitors a 9-7 advantage. PBA looked to still be in shock as the offense went in order in the bottom of the ninth.

The final frame spoiled what was a very good game for Palm Beach Atlantic. Aside from Silvestri’s mastery, Brian Walker, Chris Farrell, and Pat Kane all had two base hits, including Walker’s second home run of the season.

PBA built their lead with two runs in the third, three in the sixth, and another pair in the seventh, but in the end it wouldn’t be enough to give the Sailfish their third straight win over Rollins.

Palm Beach Atlantic will be back in action at Rubin Park for the final game of this four-game series at noon on Sunday.

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