Sailfish Stumble in Opener Against No. 23/8 Florida Southern

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

Courtesy Ron HilliardCourtesy Ron Hilliard

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LAKELAND, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball dropped the first game of a weekend series against No. 23/8 Florida Southern on Friday night, falling 11-3 as the Sailfish left 13 men on base.

The Sailfish (17-15) committed three errors in the game which led to two unearned runs charged to starter Tyler Hawks (1-4). Hawks lasted just four innings giving up six hits and five runs while walking four and striking out two.

The Mocs (21-000) led 4-0 after three innings before the ‘Fish finally got on the board. Julian Bilodeau was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to push across Ryan Johnson for the first Sailfish run. That came with one out and the ‘Fish were unable to score any more, leaving the bases loaded. They also left the bases loaded in the 7th inning.

After FSC scored in the bottom of the fourth, PBA cut the four-run deficit in half as Kyle Simon doubled home two. Simon finished the game with three hits. The bottom of the fifth is where things fell apart. The Mocs scored five times on just four hits as the Sailfish allowed two walks and two passed balls in the inning.

Peter Rivera added two hits for his team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the season. PBA finished with 10 hits including one by Eddie Vicinanza who extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Mitchell Carroll pitched the final two innings for PBA with no hits and no walks while striking out four batters.

Ben Richardson improved to 8-1 for the Mocs after allowing seven hits in five innings of work. Mitch Reeves had three hits and three RBIs for FSC.

The two teams will be back at it at Henley Field on Saturday with the doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

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