'Fish Pitch Past No. 8 West Alabama, 2-1
February 5, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Polaski went six innings and Dominic Monda tossed three to pick up the save as PBA defeated No. 8/8 West Alabama 2-1. The ‘Fish (3-2) have won three straight after dropping the first two of the season last weekend.
Polaski (1-1) gave up just six hits in six innings as the Sailfish knocked off the Tigers (0-1) in the first of three games this weekend. He struck out four and hit one, walking just one. Dominic Monda came on in relief for the fourth time this season and tossed three scoreless innings, striking out five to earn his first save of the season.
Julian Bilodeau continues his hot start at the plate with three hits and the go-ahead RBI. In the sixth the ‘Fish (3-2) and Tigers were tied at 1-1 but an error kept the inning alive as Hakeem Rhodes reached on a throwing error from UWA’s shortstop Joel Murphy. Bilodeau followed with a double to deep right field allowing Andrew Calderone to score. Bilodeau was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple right before Rhodes crossed the plate, ending the inning with PBA in front 2-1.
PBA got the scoring started in the first as Jake Summey battled back from an 0-2 count to force a walk, one of two walks he picked up on the night. After Summey stole second, Peter Rivera knocked a single to left center to put the ‘Fish in front 1-0.
West Alabama tied the score in the third as Mitch Holgate roped a triple to center to score Davis Aiken. Polaski fought back to strand him at third to strike out M.J. Morrisette to end the inning. Polaski left a runner on in each of the first three innings before giving up just one hit after the third.
The Tigers had 10 hits in the game while the ‘Fish picked up eight. Jorge Cruz got the opening day start for West Alabama, tossing five innings and striking out five. He allowed six hits and walked two. Jonathan Porter (0-1) took the loss after allowing one unearned run in 2.1 innings of work.
On Saturday the two teams are scheduled for a doubleheader beginning at noon.