Sailfish Swept in Doubleheader by Mocs

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant

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

LAKELAND, Fla. - It was a forgettable day for the Sailfish baseball team Sunday, as they dropped a doubleheader to the No. 23/8 ranked Florida Southern College Mocs. The losses drop the Sailfish to an even 17-17 on the season while FSC improves to 23-7.

Palm Beach Atlantic will head back to West Palm Beach for a week filled with home games, as the 'Fish will host Florida Tech on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before hosting Nova Southeastern University for a weekend series Friday and Saturday.

Game 1: Florida Southern 14, Palm Beach Atlantic 5

Eric Russell (Loss, 0-3) got the start for the Sailfish in game one Sunday, and held the Mocs scoreless through three innings. The Sailfish got on the scoreboard first in the top of the fourth inning, as a Peter Rivera single scored Jake Summey. FSC starter Logan Browning narrowly escaped the inning without more damage being inflicted as Julian Bilodeau roped a ball to right field with the bases loaded that was caught.

After the Mocs answered with a run of their own in the fourth, the Sailfish opened up a 5-1 lead with a four-run fifth inning. Robert Campo singled to right-center with one out, and the Sailfish did the rest of the damage with two outs, as Summey, Ryan Johnson, and Mac Hessney all singled with two outs.

The Mocs didn’t take long to answer, as they came back with a five-run fifth inning to take a 6-5 lead, and added three more in the sixth to take a commanding 9-5 lead. Russell finished the day going 5.2 innings for the ‘Fish, allowing 6 earned runs and striking out five.

After a scoreless seventh inning the Mocs tacked on five runs in the eighth to complete the 14-5 victory. Campo and Ryan Johnson were the only two ‘Fish to record a multi-hit game, as Campo finished 2-3 while Johnson finished 2-5 at the plate. Eddie Vicinanza’s 14-game hitting streak came to an end Sunday as the sophomore finished 0-5.

Game 2: Florida Southern 10, Palm Beach Atlantic 2

Game two was all Moccasins, as FSC scored the first seven runs of the game, and outhit the Sailfish 15-8 to complete the sweep. Sailfish starter Tyler Scheuer (Loss, 0-1) exited after two innings, allowing four runs.

The Sailfish got their only two runs of the game in the fifth inning, as Noah Johnson came around to score on a wild pitch, and Vicinanza scored on a RBI groundout by Ryan Johnson, who also finished the game with two hits. The only other Sailfish hitter to finish with multiple hits was first baseman Kyle Simon who finished 2-4.

The lone bright spot for the ‘Fish on the mound was freshman Sam Shields, who threw 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, striking out four hitters and only allowing one hit.

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