Sailfish Baseball Falls in Doubleheader to Spartans

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant

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

TAMPA, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic dropped a doubleheader Saturday afternoon to the No. 3/4 ranked University of Tampa Spartans. The losses complete the weekend sweep for the Spartans who improve to 36-7 on the season while PBA drops to 19-27.

The Sailfish will return home for their final three games of the season. Palm Beach Atlantic will honor their seniors on Thursday night as they host Rollins at 6 p.m. The ‘Fish will wrap up the season on Friday afternoon with a doubleheader beginning at noon.
Game 1: Tampa 10, PBA 1

The Spartans scored early and often in game one Saturday, tallying 13 hits and 10 runs in the contest. Tampa also capitalized on eight walks as well as a couple defensive mistakes by the ‘Fish, scoring three unearned runs in the sixth inning.

Freshman Mitchell Carroll got his fourth start for PBA this season, and pitched into the sixth inning, allowing four earned runs on eight hits. Carroll struck out five and walked two on the day.

Kevin Martin started on the mound for Tampa, going seven strong innings allowing only one run. Martin took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, until catcher Marcos Perez doubled to left-centerfield. Perez came around to score the lone Sailfish run on an Eddie Vicinanza single.

The Sailfish only picked up four hits in the contest, as Mac Hessney and Jorge Bravo also added hits.
Game 2: Tampa 3, PBA 0

The third and final game of the series was a pitching duel, with both teams combining for only nine hits and three runs.

Seniors Phil DiLandro and Dominic Monda pitched the entire game for the Sailfish, with DiLandro going the first 3.1 innings and allowing two runs on four hits. Monda entered the game in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and one out, and escaped the jam with a fly out and a strikeout. Monda threw the final 4.2 innings, allowing two hits and one unearned run.

The Sailfish offense was stifled by a trio of Spartan arms, as Trey Oest, Cody Martin, and Michael Calkins combined to throw a three-hit shutout, striking out six ‘Fish while only walking one.

The three Sailfish hits were all singles, and came from Eddie Vicinanza, Noah Johnson, and Kyle Simon.

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