Sailfish Fall to Saint Leo 4-3 in First Game of Series
February 24, 2017
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.
ST. LEO, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball dropped their second game in a row on Friday evening as they fell to the Saint Leo University Lions by a 4-3 final score. The Lions scored the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh, breaking a 3-3 tie and improving to 6-4 on the season. The Sailfish fall to the .500 mark as they now sit at 6-6.
Neither team was able to scratch across a run in the first couple innings, as Josh Turner and Tyler Bauman escaped jams in the second inning. The Lions struck first in the game, as sloppy play by the ‘Fish allowed three Lions to cross home in the third inning.
The ‘Fish had a quick answer however, as a two-out double by Jake Summey in the fourth inning cut the Lions’ lead to 3-2.
The score stayed 3-2 until the top of the seventh, when Evan Dougherty drove a fly ball into center field, which scored Summey and tied the game at 3. Unfortunately for the ‘Fish, the Lions scored a run in the bottom half of the frame off freshman Christian Denton (Loss, 1-2) to take the lead in the game.
The ‘Fish were unable to get anything going in their last two at-bats, as they fell by the 4-3 score.
The bullpen for the Sailfish pitched great on the night, totaling five innings of one-run baseball. Kyle Polaski threw two scoreless innings for the ‘Fish, and Blake Beyel and Kevin Fry combined for a scoreless eighth inning.
Kyle Simon kept up his hot-hitting at the plate, as he went 2-3 on the day and also scored a run. Summey finished 3-4 in the game with 2 RBI and also scored a run. Evan Dougherty picked up a hit in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games while Peter Rivera’s 16-game hitting streak came to an end Friday night.
The same two teams will meet for a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. from Southard Stadium.