'Fish Split Saturday Double Dip, Take Series from St. Thomas
February 20, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball split a doubleheader on Saturday with St. Thomas, taking the first game 10-9 before falling 2-1 in the finale. The ‘Fish take the series 2-1 after a 9-4 victory on Friday night.
PBA (8-6) will hit the road to Barry University on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. matchup before returning home next weekend to begin a nine-game home stand, beginning with Saint Leo.
Game One – PBA 10, STU 9
The ‘Fish used a furious rally after falling behind 7-1 through 6.5 innings but scored seven times in the bottom half of the seventh to take an 8-7 lead. Julian Bilodeau worked a two-out walk to start the rally before seven straight hits by the ‘Fish knocked in all seven runs.
Mac Hessney had a two-run double, one of two hits by the shortstop, and Kyle Simon drove in two as well with a single. The Bobcats needed three pitchers to get out of the inning but not before Sean Visconti and Jorge Bravo also added RBI base hits.
PBA carried a one run lead into the ninth but the Bobcats scored twice off of Dominic Monda, the first coming on an error by Julian Bilodeau in right field. In the bottom half of the inning Simon blasted his third homer of the season as the ‘Fish tied the game. Simon hit a towering shot to left to lead off the inning and give Chris Rodriguez a blown save.
Noah Johnson was hit by a pitch with one out and stole second with two outs to move into scoring position. After Eddie Vicinanza reached on an error, another error by third basemen Nick Canino, throwing the ball by the second basemen and into right field, allowed Johnson to score and give the ‘Fish the series win.
PBA collected 17 hits in the game that saw 31 total hits, 19 runs and seven errors. Visconti and Simon both had three hits in the contest as four others had two hits.
Monda picked up the win to improve to 2-0 despite blowing the save. He struck out three and walked three, allowing two hits and two runs, one earned in two innings. Eric Russell made the start and tossed 5.1 innings, striking out nine and giving up five runs, three earned.
Game Two – STU 2, PBA 1
Sean Visconti tripled in the lone run for the Sailfish in the third inning as PBA was held to just three hits in a complete game victory for STU’s Alex Viera. Viera (2-0) struck out five and didn’t walk a batter but hit three in the seven-inning victory.
Eddie Vicinanza singled with one out in the third and after a ground out, Visconti tripled down the right field line as Adam Duarte dove for the ball and couldn’t come up with it. Mac Hessney had the only other hit for the ‘Fish in the game, a double in the first.
The Bobcats tied the game in the fifth on an infield single to second after two walks earlier in the inning. St. Thomas had a chance to take the lead but David Paul got Jack Diaz to fly out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
PBA had a chance to tie the game in the sixth as Visconti was hit with a pitch to lead off the inning. After a fielder’s choice put Rivera on first, a sacrifice bunt pushed him into scoring position but Viera struck out Simon to end the threat.