PBA and Lynn Split Saturday Double Dip
April 18, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic welcomed Palm Beach County rival Lynn University to Rubin Park on Saturday afternoon and split with the No. 22-ranked Fighting Knights, winning game one 5-2 and falling in game two 7-3 at Rubin Park.
Josh Turner (Win, 4-4) carried the Sailfish on the mound in the opener, throwing the season’s first nine-inning complete game. He allowed just four hits, two runs, and struck out seven along the way. The Sailfish went on to take the game 5-2, and the win evened up the junior’s record at 4-4.
The Sailfish took an early lead thanks to senior Chris Farrell’s three-run homer, his sixth round-tripper of the season, in the first inning. The blast plated Pat Kane and Sean Visconti, who reached via hit-by-pitch and a single respectively.
PBA would go on to add another run in the second inning thanks to a two base error by the Fighting Knights’ right-fielder, pushing the lead out to 4-0. From there, it was Turner Time.
Senior Brian Walker, who finished the game 2-for-4, scored a key insurance run in the eighth inning when he singled, stole second, moved to third on a bunt, and came home on a Jake Summey single.
Over the final three innings, Turner allowed just one baserunner, via hit by pitch, to lead off the seventh inning. The right-hander retired the final nine batters in order.
Visconti led the way on offense for the ‘Fish, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Summey joined Walker in the two-hit club with a 2-for-4 performance of his own.
The nightcap of the day’s double-dip turned the Knights’ way in the bottom of the fourth inning. With the visitors up 4-2 thanks to three unearned runs in the third off of Kyle Polaski (Loss, 3-4), PBA got the fourth frame started with an Andrew Calderone single to left. Jake Summey followed with a single of his own that the left fielder made a crucial error on, scoring the Calderone from first and putting the tying run at third.
With the score 4-3 and one out, Summey was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a groundout to short. The missed opportunity would be as close as the ‘Fish would get for the rest of the game.
Lynn bounced back to score a pair of runs in the fifth to push their lead out to three, and added another run in the eighth to seal the door shut.
Summey and Pat Kane each finished the game with three singles apiece, while Calderone, Chris Farrell, and Jorge Bravo all finished with two hits.
Palm Beach Atlantic returns to action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Nova Southeastern for the season’s rubber match with the sharks. The series, tied 2-2, comes to its conclusion with a 6 pm start time.