Sailfish Outmatched by Nova Southeastern, Drop Two at Home

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

Courtesy Ron HilliardCourtesy Ron Hilliard

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball was unable to pull out a victory on Saturday against Nova Southeastern, losing 4-3 and 11-4 to the Sharks. NSU takes the season series with the three-game sweep with one more scheduled in Davie on April 19.

The ‘Fish (17-21) won’t be back at Rubin Park for nearly a month as they hit the road for the next eight games, first travelling to Miami Shores to battle Barry on Tuesday at 6 p.m. PBA won’t return home until May 5-6 to close out the regular season against Rollins.

A solid start from freshman righty Tyler Hawks went to waste as the Sailfish were outhit 9-5. The Sharks took the lead in the seventh, scoring on a bases loaded balk from Logan White. PBA brought the winning run to the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings but Devin Raftery was called upon to pick up his second save of the series for the Sharks, striking out two in his 1.2 innings of work.

The Sailfish took an early lead in the game, scoring two in the second to go on top 2-1. Back-to-back singles by Kyle Simon and Marcos Perez followed by a walk to Kevin Fry loaded the bases for PBA. Jorge Bravo reached on a fielder’s choice as all runners were safe when Fry beat the throw to second. Robert Campo hit a sac fly later in the inning to give PBA the lead.

Nova answered with two of their own in the third to take the lead back before Fry doubled in Perez in the fourth to tie the game at 3-3. PBA was held without a hit until the ninth when Perez and Bravo both singled.

Hawks pitched into the sixth inning, tossing 5.1 innings and struck out four while allowing five hits and three runs, two earned. He left with two runners on base before Phil DiLandro come on to retire the next two batters and keep the game tied. DiLandro (1-3) was tagged with the loss after loading the bases in the seventh before White’s balk forced in the winning run.

Matt Hardy (6-1) tossed 7.1 innings for the Sharks to pick up the victory.

The Sailfish took an early 2-0 lead before the defense committed three errors in the second helping the Sharks score five times in the inning. Sam Shields (0-1) was given the loss after three innings of work in his first start. Shields wasn’t helped by his defense as only three of the five runs charged to him were earned.

Bobby Brennan doubled home the game’s first run, scoring Eddie Vicinanza in the bottom of the first inning. Perez picked up his first of two hits in the game to score Brennan later in the inning. Perez finished the day with four of the team’s 13 hits.

After the Sharks took a 6-2 lead the Sailfish chipped away, scoring once in the fourth and once in the fifth. Julian Bilodeau and Jake Summey both singled before Vicinanza and Noah Johnson walked to force in a run but the ‘Fish couldn’t capitalize any further, leaving three on base. In the fifth Perez knocked home Mac Hessney who walked to lead off the inning, one of six walks issued by the Sharks in the game.

The Sailfish left nine men on base including two in scoring position in the seventh as they had a chance to tie the game. After not being able to convert, Nova scored three in the eighth and one more in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

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