Baseball Drops Series Opener to Florida Tech 8-4
March 18, 2016
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Palm Beach Atlantic baseball lost their second consecutive game Friday evening against Florida Tech by an 8-4 final. The Sailfish pitchers struggled to contain the Panther offense, and the Sailfish bats went cold, striking out 14 times in the loss.
The Sailfish got back to back hits in the top of the first by Robert Campo and Sean Visconti, but a pair of strikeouts ended the threat. FIT got on the scoreboard first, as a Daniel Szpik two-out triple plated Grant McKown in the bottom of the first.
The Sailfish tied the game up in the second on a Julian Bilodeau RBI groundout, but the Panthers added three in the bottom of the second to take a commanding lead.
'Fish starter Kyle Polaski (Loss, 4-2) struggled to put away hitters Friday, as the sophomore only was able to work into the third inning, and was relieved by senior Phil DiLandro, who threw 4.2 innings out of the bullpen, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out three and walking none.
PBA added a run in the fourth inning on a Ryan Johnson RBI single up the middle, but that is all Panther starter Ty Cohen would allow. Cohen threw six complete, striking out 10 Sailfish while allowing only five hits. Brett Porter three the final three innings for the Panthers, earning his second save of the season.
Sean Visconti and Ryan Johnson both finished with three hits and an RBI in the contest, as Visconti ended up with two doubles on the evening. Eddie Vicinanza added two hits in the leadoff spot for the 'Fish.
The Sailfish and Panthers will wrap up their series tomorrow with a doubleheader. Due to possible inclement weather, the doubleheader start time has been pushed up to 11 a.m.