Sailfish Shine on Senior Night, Beat Rollins 18-8

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic's offense exploded for 18 runs on Thursday night, knocking off Rollins 18-8 in the first of three games.

The Sailfish (20-27) honored their eight seniors prior to the game and saw them deliver against the Tars (22-22). Eric Russell earned his first win of the season on Thursday, starting and going four innings of shutout baseball. The righthander allowed just four hits and faced the minimum through three after a double play and a pick off. Casey Kopec and Logan White didn’t allow a run in their combined three innings while Dominic Monda pitched a perfect ninth.

Mac Hessney had the biggest night at the plate as the Sailfish tied a program record with 24 hits. Hessney had three including a pair of home runs. The first came in the third inning, a two-run shot to center and the second came in the eighth, a three-run bomb to left center. He finished with six runs batted in and scored three times.

All nine players that started in the lineup picked up a hit with Jake Summey and Jorge Bravo each collecting four. Both knocked in a pair of runs with Summey scoring three times. Bravo crossed the plate twice and collected his first double of the season.

Phil DiLandro made just his second career start in the field, starting in right field. The senior picked up his first hit, a double in the second that scored a run. DiLandro scored twice in the game and also picked up a single.

Bobby Brennan and Noah Johnson each had three hits in the game with Johnson driving in three including two in the four-run second on a double down the left field line. PBA led 11-0 after five innings and scored in every inning but the first.

Rollins scored five times in the fifth with the big blow a grand slam from Peter Nicoletto, his 11th of the season. The Tars added three more in the eighth.

The 24 hits is the most in a game without extra innings as the Sailfish also pounded out 24 hits last year against Tampa in a 13-inning game. The ‘Fish match a season-high with 18 runs scored, a feat they also accomplished on Feb. 8 against Colorado Christian.

The ‘Fish and Tars will wrap up the series with a doubleheader slated for Friday beginning at noon.

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