Five Run Third Propels PBA to 5-4 Victory Over Toccoa Falls
May 7, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball kicked off the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Region Tournament with an exciting 5-4 victory over Toccoa Falls on Thursday night at Rubin Park.
After the Eagles broke the scoring open with a two-spot in the top of the third, PBA came roaring back with all five of their runs in the bottom of the inning. Brian Walker delivered the first strike of the frame, hitting a two-out, bases loaded single to drive home two runs and tie the game 2-2. Two batters later, freshman Hakeem Rhodes crushed a bases loaded double to right-center to score all three runners and put the Sailfish up for good.
PBA’s five-run outburst backed a stellar performance from rookie Kyle Polaski (Win, 4-6), who went six innings despite an hour and a half rain delay. The freshman surrendered four runs on seven hits while not issuing a walk and striking out a career-high nine.
Polaski's other hiccup came in the sixth inning when Ticcoa Falls struck for two more runs, but sophomore Sean Horner (Save, 1) came in and politely shut the door for his first save of the season.
Walker was the lone Sailfish to finish the game with a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-3 with two RBI, a run, and a stolen base.
The Sailfish move on to the regional semi-final game to be played Friday, May 8th at 8:00 pm against the winner of Shorter University and Clearwater Christian College.