PBA Swept by No. 8 West Alabama on Saturday
February 6, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After taking the first game of the weekend series, the Sailfish were swept on Saturday by No. 8 West Alabama, 13-1 and 7-2, ending the Sailfish’s three-game winning streak.
After the two losses on Saturday, PBA sits at 3-4 on the year while West Alabama ends their first weekend at 2-1. The ‘Fish have a quick turnaround as they host Colorado Christian on Monday at 6 p.m. at Rubin Park.
Game One – West Alabama 13, PBA 1
The Sailfish didn’t pick up their first hit until the sixth as Julian Bilodeau singled to left to lead off the inning as the Tigers scored four times in the second and six more in the fifth, building a 10-0 lead.
PBA finally got on the board in the eighth as Robert Campo drove home Jake Summey with his first hit and RBI of his career. Sean Visconti followed with a single as did Peter Rivera but the ‘Fish were unable to add to their score, already trailing 13-0 heading into the inning.
The Tigers scored four times in the second after four hits and two errors and added six more in the fifth, chasing starter Phil DiLandro in the process. DiLandro (0-1) went four plus innings in his first start of the season, allowing six hits and six runs, five earned. He walked four as the Sailfish walked 10 in the game.
Despite just four hits the ‘Fish were able to get runners on base, thanks to two walks, two errors and a hit batter, but couldn’t cash in. PBA left seven men on base as the Tigers left 10 on base. Josh Jones (1-0) struck out three in six innings of work, allowing just one hit to pick up the victory.
Game Two – West Alabama 7, PBA 2
Mac Hessney collected three hits but the ‘Fish left 12 on base en route to dropping the second game on Saturday. The ‘Fish scored first, getting a run in the third on a sac fly off the bat of Peter Rivera scored Noah Johnson, but after loading the bases to start the inning the ‘Fish were able to only score one time.
A pair of base running mistakes ended up costing the ‘Fish, one in the third as Eddie Vicinanza was picked off second and again in the seventh as Julian Bilodeau was picked off of third after a walk was set to load the bases with no outs.
Tyler Hawks (0-1) allowed just one hit and a walk through the first four innings before allowing the tying run in the fifth on a bases loaded hit batter. The freshman was able to get out of the inning with a bouncer back to the mound. In the fifth the Tigers started the inning with back-to-back doubles to take a 2-1 lead as Hawks exited. West Alabama added two more before the end of the inning and added two more in the ninth.
Hawks struck out four in his five innings, allowing just four hits and three walks and three runs. Zack Borsa pitched well out of the bullpen, giving up just one hit in two innings, striking out two. Evan Anderson (1-0) tossed six innings for the Tigers to pick up his first win in a West Alabama uniform.
The ‘Fish added a run in the ninth, loading the bases with no outs before Sean Visconti picked up an RBI with a sac fly. A pair of fly outs ended the comeback attempt and gave the series to West Alabama.