Defensive Miscues Doom Sailfish in 6-2 Loss to Bucs
February 3, 2017
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball dropped their opening game of the 2017 season Friday night by a 6-2 final score to South Florida opponent Barry University. The game was one of three home games this weekend for the ‘Fish, as they will face off with Tusculum College tomorrow and Alabama-Huntsville Sunday.
Tyler Hawks (Loss, 0-1) got the start for the ‘Fish on the mound, and after pitching himself out of a jam in the first inning, was plagued by several weak ground ball singles in a two-run second inning. Hawks pitched into the third inning, giving up three runs on six hits.
Hawks’ counterpart on the evening was Alex Lavandero (Win 1-0), who pitched very well in the game, firing six innings of three-hit, one-run baseball before being lifted from the game. Lavandero punched out five Sailfish hitters and allowed only one walk.
The ‘Fish got on the board in the fourth inning when Kyle Simon hit a two-out double off the right center field wall, and was followed by senior Peter Rivera, who lined one of his two singles on the night into center field to knock in the first run of the season for PBA.
The Bucs then opened up their lead on the ‘Fish in the top of the fifth inning when the Sailfish defense made three errors in the inning which resulted in two unearned runs for Barry.
The only other run on the evening for the ‘Fish came in the eighth inning, when a Jake Summey sacrifice fly plated Danny Tufariello, who reached via walk.
The bright spot for the Sailfish on the evening was their stellar pitching from the bullpen, which hurled 6.1 innings, struck out nine, and allowed only one earned run in the game. Junior David Paul threw four innings in relief, striking out seven and allowing only one hit. Freshman Christian Denton made his collegiate debut, facing four hitters, and retiring all of them, including two on strikeouts. Kyle Polaski threw a perfect ninth inning, only needing six pitches to retire his three batters.
The Sailfish will face off with Tusculum College Saturday at 1 p.m. at Rubin Park. The Pioneers fell to Nova Southeastern Friday by an 11-2 final score.