Sailfish Hang on to Defeat Alabama-Huntsville 6-5

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.

Photo courtesy of Will Johansen.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball won their second game in as many days Sunday afternoon, defeating the University of Alabama-Huntsville by a 6-5 final score.

The Sailfish had a great scoring chance in the first inning, as they loaded the bases with two outs, and plated a run on a Charger error to take a 1-0 lead. Mac Hessney then lined a ball down the third base line, but the ball was caught by a diving Wes Anderson to end the inning.

The Sailfish added a run in the second inning, as freshman Peter Moforis sent a ball deep over the right field fence, for his first collegiate hit and home run.

The third inning was where the ‘Fish did their real damage at the plate, as Sean Visconti led off with a line-drive double down the left field line, and was followed by Kyle Simon, who cranked his first homer of the year, extending the Sailfish lead. Later in the inning, Evan Dougherty singled to left field, bringing home Ryan Johnson and Peter Rivera, who both reached via single.

Sean Horner got the start for the Sailfish, pitching into the fourth inning, and allowing two runs. Horner left with the bases loaded, and Christian Denton entered the game, getting a ground-out to end the Charger threat.

Denton would proceed to stifle hitters for the next three innings, scattering four hits and allowing just one Charger runner to cross home plate. Denton struck out two along the way, picking up his first win of the season.

Fellow freshman Joey Hennessey entered in the eighth, picking up the final six outs of the game for his first save of the year. Hennessey allowed two runs, but stranded the tying run on first base in the ninth inning to seal the win for the ‘Fish.

Dougherty, Simon, and Ryan Johnson all finished with multi-hit days for the ‘Fish who will now set their sights on cross-county rival Lynn University. PBA and Lynn are both 2-1 on the season, and will meet Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. There is no admission charge to attend Tuesday’s 7 p.m. start.

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