Baseball Loses Tough One to Flagler 7-6

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.

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

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic dropped their second consecutive game Friday evening, falling 7-6 to Flagler College. The ‘Fish fall to 5-4 on the season while the Saints win their fifth in a row and improve to 8-1. The two teams will come back tomorrow for a doubleheader at Rubin Park, with first pitch set for noon.

The Sailfish sent Josh Turner to the mound for his second start of the season, and Turner once again looked sharp, as the righty tossed 2.1 innings, allowing three unearned runs as the Sailfish defense made a costly error in the third inning.

The ‘Fish answered with two runs of their own in the fourth inning, as Ryan Johnson singled to right field to lead off the frame, and was sacrificed to second by Robert Campo. After a Jake Summey walk, junior Evan Dougherty blasted a ball to deep left field, plating two runners.

PBA kept it going with three runs in the fifth inning, as Campo singled home a run, and the second run of the inning was scored on an Eddie Vicinanza ground out. The final run of the inning was scored on a Saints balk, giving the ‘Fish a 5-3 lead.

The Saints put up three runs in the top of the sixth, as Sailfish reliever David Paul began to wear down. The Saints took the lead with a two-out, two-RBI single off Christian Denton (Loss, 1-1). The Sailfish tied the game back up at six in the bottom of the frame, as Kyle Simon crushed a single that scored Dougherty.

Flagler took the lead with a run in the top of the eighth, and the Sailfish stranded a runner in the bottom of the frame. The ninth is where PBA had their best chance to tie the game, as Vicinanza roped a double off the left field wall, sending pinch-runner Connor Rowland to third. Andrew Calderone came up, hitting a ground ball to shortstop. Flagler shortstop Josh Pagliei threw to first for the second out, and the Saints then got Vicinanza sliding back into second base to end the game.

The ‘Fish outhit the Saints 16-13 on the night, while Johnson and Vicinanza both picked up three hits. Jake Hathaway for Flagler went 4-5 on the night, also driving in a key run for the Saints.

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