Sailfish Slug Way to Series Win at Embry-Riddle

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.

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

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball split a twin-bill with Embry-Riddle on Saturday, losing a slugfest in the first game of the day and winning by a 10-6 final score in the rubber-match of the series. The Sailfish sit at 5-2 on the young season while the Eagles are 3-3.

The Sailfish will face off with the current No. 1 team in the country Tuesday night, as Nova Southeastern will come to Rubin Park for a 6 p.m. first pitch.

Game 1: Embry-Riddle 17, Palm Beach Atlantic 15

The Sailfish slugged 25 hits, and scored 15 runs, but fell short in game one on Saturday, as they allowed too many free passes to Eagle hitters, allowing 12 walks and hitting three batters.

The ‘Fish got off to a good start, scoring four runs in the first two innings. PBA scored in the first inning as Peter Rivera drove in Noah Johnson with an RBI groundout. The Sailfish tacked on three more in the second as Jake Summey drove in Marcos Perez with a sac fly. An Evan Dougherty double, his second in as many innings, scored Vicinanza to make it 3-2 Sailfish. Dougherty scored on a Johnson single to finish the scoring in the inning.

The Eagles scored 13 runs in the first three innings, taking a commanding lead in the game as Sailfish pitching was unable to find the strike zone. The Sailfish offense scored runs in the third, fourth, sixth, and seventh innings, but still took a 17-10 deficit into the ninth inning.

The ninth is where the ‘Fish made things interesting, as Andrew Calderone led off with a triple to left center field. After a fly out, Danny Tufariello singled, scoring Calderone. Mac Hessney doubled in Tufariello to cut the lead to 17-12, and Hakeem Rhodes followed with a groundout to shortstop to bring the final out to the plate.

Marcos Perez, Connor Rowland, and Summey followed with singles of their own to extend the game, bringing up pinch-hitter Kyle Simon, who represented the tying run. Simon roped a single to left field, scoring Rowland to cut the Eagle lead to 17-15. Calderone flew out to center field to end the Sailfish comeback attempt.

Eight different Sailfish had multi-hit games, as 13 ‘Fish altogether Summey had the best game at the plate, going 4-for-6. Calderone finished 2-for-3 off the bench, slugging his first homer of the season to go with his ninth inning triple.

Game 2: Palm Beach Atlantic 10, Embry-Riddle 6.

The Sailfish, with a depleted bullpen after the first two games of the series, needed long stints on the mound, which they got from sophomore Tyler Hawks and junior David Paul. Hawks threw the first 4.2 innings on the mound, allowing three earned runs on six hits. Paul (Win, 1-0) came in out of the pen, giving the Sailfish exactly what they needed, finishing the game and allowing just one unearned run. Paul struck out four Eagle hitters, allowing just one hit and walking two.

The ‘Fish got off to another great start at the plate, as Dougherty walked to lead off the game, and after a couple errors by the Embry-Riddle infield, PBA was able to plate two runs in the frame.

The second inning is where the Sailfish really extended their lead, as a walk and two hit batters loaded the bases with one out for Noah Johnson, who flied out to left field, scoring Tufariello. After a Sean Visconti single to right plated two runners, Simon blasted a homerun deep over the center field fence, scoring two more runs to grow the lead to 7-1.

The Eagles made the game close by cutting it to 7-5 in the fifth inning, but the ‘Fish were able to add three runs late to pull away, securing the 10-6 victory.

Simon finished 4-for-5 at the plate, scoring three runs while driving in two more. Rivera finished with a multi-hit game as well, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

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