Sailfish Struggle In Regular Season Finale, Get Swept By Saint Leo
May 1, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla - Palm Beach Atlantic came out flat for the second straight day against a strong Saint Leo University squad and paid the price, losing both games of the double-header by scores of 15-1 and 10-1 at Rubin Park.
The series sweep ends the regular season and makes Saint Leo the only Sunshine State Conference opponent that PBA didn't have a victory against in the 2015 season.
Saint Leo jumped in front with a single run in the first, and it appeared to have the makings of a great game when PBA came back in the third to score a run of their own. Hakeem Rhodes started the frame with a double and after a sacrifice bunt, came home on a Jake Summey plaay that resulted in a error.
Unfortunately things got ugly fast as the Lions would go on to add seven runs in the fourth inning, another in the fifth, three more in the sixth frame, another two in the seventh, and one more in the ninth for good measure. The 15-1 final matched PBA's worst loss of the season, set in game one in the series.
Palm Beach Atlantic managed eight hits in the game, half of which belonged to Rhodes.
Hakeem led the way with his 4-for-4 performance while senior Andres Vazquez added on a two-hit performance of his own.
The nightcap started in much better fashion for the home team, as Palm Beach Atlantic took a 1-0 lead after the first inning of play. But as had been the case the entire weekend, Saint Leo went on the offensive and never looked back.
SLU took the lead in the second with a two-run inning, then widened their advantage to 3-1 with a run in the third. The big blow came in the fifth with a three-run frame highlighted by a two-run homer, and the knockout punch came two innings later when three unearned runs crossed the plate to put the game away for good. The Lions got a web gem worthy play from their centerfielder to end the game at 10-1, putting the Sailfish in a four-game losing streak to end the regular season.
For the weekend, PBA committed 11 errors, gave up 42 hits, and allowed 41 runs.
Game two saw just one Sailfish finish with a multi-hit game, as Sean Visconti went 2-for-4 with a triple and also scored the lone Palm Beach Atlantic run.
With the regular season over, PBA turns their attention to the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Regional tournament to be held at Rubin Park Thursday May 7 thru Saturday May 9. A release with full details of the tournament can be expected early next week.