Wacky 8th Spoils PBA's Opener With FIT, Fall 3-1

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director

Junior Josh Turner (Pictured) Tossed Seven Innings And Allowed Only Two Hits In Friday Night's Loss To FIT (Photo Credit: Ron Hilliard).Junior Josh Turner (Pictured) Tossed Seven Innings And Allowed Only Two Hits In Friday Night's Loss To FIT (Photo Credit: Ron Hilliard).

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic fell in a heartbreaker, 3-1 to open up its three-game series against Florida Tech on Friday night at Rubin Park.

A costly eighth inning error was the difference in the opener, with the Panthers scoring two runs after a seemingly easy force out was missed at second base. The miscue foiled another tremendous start by righty Josh Turner (Loss, 4-5), who went seven innings on the bump and allowed just two hits while striking out seven.

PBA got its lone run in the bottom of the second frame when Andres Vazquez, in the lineup for the first time since March 7th, smashed a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Peter Rivera. FIT starter Scott Ward (Win, 9-2) was brilliant the rest of the way, scattering seven hits and striking out four all while not allowing an earned run.

Rivera led Palm Beach Atlantic with a 2-for-3 performance, while five other Sailfish contributed hits.

Palm Beach Atlantic outhit Florida Tech 7-3 on the night, but the Panthers pitching allowed just one free pass while the Sailfish issued eight walks and a hit-by-pitch.

Saturday will be a special day for the Sailfish, starting at 11:45 am when they induct former head coach and MLB Hall of Famer Gary Carter to the PBA Sports Hall of Fame. In between game one and two, Palm Beach Atlantic will honor their seven seniors with a small ceremony.

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