Sailfish Shutout in Season Opener
January 29, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Sailfish had several chances but couldn’t push a run across in a season-opening 2-0 loss to Embry-Riddle at Silwa Stadium on Friday evening. The two teams will close out the weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Eagles got on the board first after a hit batter and walked to start the inning was followed by back-to-back two-out hits from Kyle Zirbes and Tobias Moreno gave the home team an early 1-0 lead against PBA and starter Kyle Polaski.
PBA didn’t get their first hit until the fourth as Peter Rivera roped a double to left center field but was left there along with Ryan Johnson who was hit by a pitch. The Sailfish left 10 men on base including at least one in seven of nine innings.
Johnson picked up the first of his two hits in the sixth, as did Sean Visconti earlier in the frame but both men were left on base. Julian Bilodeau also had two hits in the game including a double in the seventh. After Jake Summey was hit a wild pitch gave the ‘Fish two on with two outs but a groundout by Bobby Brennan ended the threat.
The Eagles added a run in the sixth after two walks and an error loaded the bases with one out. A fielder’s choice to short brought home the insurance run.
Polaski (0-1) took the loss after tossing 3.1 innings and allowing just one run. He struck out three and walked three while giving up four hits. He also hit two batters. The Eagles’ Corey Tufts (1-0) tossed seven shutout innings striking out four, walking two, hitting three and allowing five hits to pick up the win.
Dominic Monda struck out three in two innings of relief work for the ‘Fish while David Paul allowed just one hit in 2.2 innings of work. The unearned run in the sixth was charged to Paul. Dylan Demarest picked up the save for Embry-Riddle, allowing two hits over the final two innings.