Sailfish Split on Saturday, Take Series from Lions
February 27, 2016
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Palm Beach Atlantic and Saint Leo split a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Rubin Park. PBA wins the series after taking game one 6-2 on Friday night. The Sailfish will be back in action on Friday night, as they begin a weekend series with Palm Beach County rival Lynn University.
Game 1: Saint Leo 7, Palm Beach Atlantic 1
Saint Leo scored four runs in the top of the first inning, recorded 15 hits in the game, and the ‘Fish left 13 runners on base as the Lions cruised to a 7-1 victory in game two of the weekend series.
Saint Leo jumped on Sailfish starter Eric Russell (Loss, 0-1) for four runs and four hits in the first inning. A Sailfish error also contributed to the Lion rally. Russell would settle down after the inning, and finished the day throwing five innings, allowing five runs, only three of which were earned.
The Sailfish left two runners on base in the third and fifth innings, and the bases loaded in the sixth inning when presented with opportunities to chip away at the deficit. The fifth inning ended as Sean Visconti flew out to deep left center just minutes after Saint Leo head coach Sean O’Conner was ejected from the ballgame for arguing.
Saint Leo tacked on single runs in the seventh and ninth innings as the Sailfish were only able to score one run, coming off the bat off a Julian Bilodeau RBI single to right field. The ‘Fish weren’t able to chase Lion left-handed starting pitcher Dylan Collett until two outs in the eighth inning. The junior only allowed one unearned run and threw 133 pitches on the afternoon.
Mac Hessney and Noah Johnson were the only Sailfish to finish with multiple hits in the contest, as both finished the game 2-4 at the plate.
Game 2: Palm Beach Atlantic 2, Saint Leo 1
Game three of the weekend set was a duel of bend-but-don’t-break pitching, as both teams allowed double-digit hits, but neither team could get an RBI hit as regulation ended in a 1-1 tie. A Robert Campo bases loaded single in the bottom of the 10th in his first career start won it for the ‘Fish. Jake Summey came in to score the winning run after pinch running for Peter Rivera, who reached on one of the five Lion errors.
Tyler Hawks received the ball in the rubber-match for the Sailfish, and the freshman did not disappoint, as he twirled five innings of six hit, one run baseball. Hawks was lifted in the sixth after getting into trouble, and Phil DiLandro came in, throwing 2.1 innings of four hit ball, throwing only 11 pitches.
David Paul entered the game with a runner on second and two men out in the eighth, and the sophomore proceeded to strike out Chad Miller and Alex Mata back-to-back to end the Lion threat.
Redshirt senior Dominic Monda (Win, 3-0) entered the game in the ninth for the Sailfish, looking as sharp as he has all season. Monda retired six of the seven batters he faced, allowing only an infield single while striking out four.
Zach Whitaker got the start for Saint Leo in game three, working into the ninth inning, scattering 10 hits and striking out seven. Whitaker worked out of trouble all afternoon, beginning in the first inning, after Eddie Vicinanza and Noah Johnson began the game with back-to-back singles.
The Sailfish got their only other run of the game in the fifth inning, as a Bobby Brennan two-out single up the middle plated Johnson.
Palm Beach Atlantic left 14 runners on base in game two, after leaving 13 on base in the first game. Noah Johnson, Peter Rivera, and Robert Campo all recorded two hits in the night cap, as Kyle Simon had the only extra-base hit of the game with a pinch-hit double in the eighth inning. Simon was thrown out trying to stretch the double to a triple.