Sailfish Take Opener Against Bucs, 7-4

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

Courtesy Ron HilliardCourtesy Ron Hilliard

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic picked up a win in the series opener on Friday night, 7-4 over the Buccaneers from Barry University. The game lasted nearly six hours after a two hour rain delay halted things in the bottom of the first inning.

The dynamic duo out of the bullpen of David Paul and Dominic Monda combined to pitch 4.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing four hits and striking out seven. Paul improved to 5-0 with the win as Monda picked up his fourth save of the year.

The Sailfish (17-12) took the lead for good in the fifth inning after Barry (16-12) tied the game in the top half of the inning. PBA scored two of their own in the bottom half as Robert Campo doubled in the first run and was followed by a sac fly from Peter Rivera. Rivera drove in two on the night and collected three hits including his 12th double of the season.

Kyle Simon hit his fifth homer of the season, a bomb to left field as the first batter after a two hour rain delay stopped the game with two outs in the bottom of the first. Rivera also scored on the home run as PBA took a 3-2 lead.

The Bucs hung with the Sailfish, answering with a run in the second to even the game at 3-3 but Rivera drove in Sean Visconti with a double in the third to put PBA back on top 4-3. PBA added an additional run in the seventh as Ryan Johnson singled with the bases loaded to drive in Visconti, his second run scored of the game.

Eddie Vicinanza picked up a pair of hits and scored twice at the leadoff spot for PBA. Vicinanza and Rivera were the only two ‘Fish with a multi-hit game as Barry outhit PBA 11-9. The Bucs made four errors in the game, all four from the left side of the infield.

Eric Russell got the start for PBA on the mound, tossing 4.2 innings allowing seven hits and four runs, three earned. He struck out four and walked three.

The two teams are scheduled to wrap up the series on Friday with a doubleheader at noon. Stay tuned to and follow along on Twitter at @PBASailfish and @SailfishBB for updates as bad weather is expected in the area.

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