Sailfish Win Third Straight, Defeat Lynn 7-6 at Roger Dean Stadium
February 7, 2017
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.
JUPITER, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball won their third game in four days Tuesday night by defeating cross-county rival Lynn University at beautiful Roger Dean Stadium. The win is the third consecutive one-run victory for the ‘Fish and the second consecutive year PBA has defeated Lynn by one run in Jupiter. The Sailfish climb to 3-1 on the young season while the Fighting Knights fall to 2-2.
Lynn found the run column on the scoreboard first on the night, as a Tyler Curtis single of Sailfish starter David Paul gave the Fighting Knights the lead in the first inning. The Sailfish had an answer however, as senior Sean Visconti doubled home two runs in the bottom of the first, and scored on a Peter Rivera double to right field.
Lynn came right back with two runs of their own in the second inning, as Paul gave up two doubles in the inning. Paul rebounded nicely however, throwing a scoreless third and fourth inning to keep the Sailfish in the lead. He exited after four innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out two.
Ryan Johnson plated the fourth Sailfish run of the night in the bottom of the third inning, as he reached on a two-out infield single that plated Evan Dougherty, who finished the night with two runs scored and two stolen bases.
The score remained 4-3 Sailfish until the bottom of the fifth, where PBA opened up the game with three runs on only two hits, coming from the first two hitters of the inning, Jake Summey and Visconti. Kyle Simon added an RBI groundout in the frame while Mac Hessney had a sacrifice fly down the right field line.
The Sailfish got outstanding pitching once again from the bullpen, as freshman Blake Beyel (Win, 1-0) threw three scoreless innings, keeping the ‘Fish in command of the game. Beyel exited in the eighth after giving up back-to-back homeruns, and was replaced by Sam Shields, who threw an excellent inning, striking out two to keep the Sailfish lead at 7-5 after eight.
Shields gave up a solo homerun in the ninth, and Joey Hennessey (Save, 2) came in to get the final two outs and give the Sailfish their third win in a row. Visconti and Rivera were the lone ‘Fish to record multi-hit nights, as both finished with two hits. Visconti also added two stolen bases on the evening.
The ‘Fish now set their sights on fellow Sunshine State Conference provisional member Embry-Riddle University. The Sailfish will travel to Daytona Beach for a three-game set with the Eagles this weekend with game one set for Friday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.