Sailfish and Panthers Split Final Two Games of Series

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron Hilliard.Photo courtesy of Ron Hilliard.

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Palm Beach Atlantic split the final two games with Florida Tech, winning the second game of the series, which had been suspended due to rain, by a 15-9 final. The Panthers then rebounded to win the final game of the set, outhitting the 'Fish 20-9 to win the game 17-4.

The Sailfish will have a short week to prepare for South Florida rival Barry University. The Sailfish and Bucs will square off in a three game set beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. at Rubin Park.

Game 1: Palm Beach Atlantic 15, Florida Tech 9

The Sailfish and Panthers took part in a game filled with runs over Saturday and Sunday, as the Sailfish got on the ‘board first with three runs in the top of the second. Peter Rivera and Kyle Simon both doubled to the right field wall in the frame. Julian Bilodeau added an RBI single in the inning which put the ‘Fish up 3-0. The Panthers responded in the bottom of the frame, as they received four free passes to begin the inning, before John Sternagel doubled to deep left-centerfield. The Panthers ended up with five runs in the inning, and chased Sailfish starter Eric Russell after just 1.1 innings on the mound.

David Paul came out of the pen and gave the ‘Fish just what they needed, as the right-handed pitcher went 3.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits, striking out five.

The Sailfish jumped on FIT starter Tyler Deel in the fourth, as Hakeem Rhodes led off with a double off the right field wall. Bilodeau followed with his second single of the game, and was followed by a Jake Summey single. Eddie Vicinanza and Robert Campo followed with singles of their own, and both came around to score on a Rivera double, making the score 7-5. Deel left after four innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits.

The Sailfish added two runs in the top of the sixth as Campo scored on a Rivera RBI single and Sean Visconti reached on a single and scored on a Kyle Simon sacrifice fly. Play was suspended in the bottom of the sixth with the Sailfish leading 9-6. On Sunday, the Sailfish returned with Tyler Scheuer on the mound, and the junior hurled 2.1 innings out of the pen, allowing one run while striking out four Panther hitters. Scheuer was relieved by Dominic Monda with the tying run on third in the eighth inning, and Monda retired James Gronberg on the first pitch he threw.

The Sailfish added six insurance runs in the ninth, as Vicinanza and Simon both connected with RBI doubles, and Rhodes laced a RBI single to left field. The Sailfish allowed one run in the ninth but that was it as they won 15-9. David Paul picked up the win for the ‘Fish, improving to 4-0 on the season.

Game 2: Florida Tech 17, Palm Beach Atlantic 4

Game three of the weekend was not what the ‘Fish were looking for, as the Panthers dominated the entire contest, collecting 20 hits and 17 runs against six Sailfish pitchers.

Eddie Vicinanza led the game off with a triple on the first pitch he saw, and came around to score on a Sean Visconti infield single. FIT answered with an unearned run in the first inning, four runs in the second, and two more runs in the third inning to quickly put the game out of reach.

PBA picked up single runs in the fourth and fifth, including a solo homer by Kyle Simon, but were unable to score large amounts of runs like in the previous game. The Panthers put up a five spot in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by back-to-back homers by Brad Jones and Reid Neal. FIT also put up five runs in the eighth to win 17-4 and win the series.

Vicinanza collected two more hits in the contest as he collected six hits on the weekend. Visconti picked up three hits in the finale as the junior totaled seven hits in the series.

Casey Kopec was the lone Sailfish reliever to shut down the Panther offense, as the senior tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, striking out two and allowing one hit.

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