Sailfish Defeat Bucs 9-3, Will Complete Halted Game Sunday
March 25, 2017
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball defeated Barry University Saturday, as the teams were only able to complete one game before the rain got to Feinbloom Field. The Sailfish opened up a late lead, and pulled away to win 9-3 in the first game of the day. PBA held a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning of game two when rains forced the teams to halt play. The game will be picked up in the sixth inning tomorrow, and the teams will play the third and final game of the series following the completion of the halted game.
The ‘Fish struck first on Saturday, as they have been doing a lot recently. Sean Visconti singled with two outs in the first inning, and was followed by Kyle Simon, who blasted a home run to center field, giving the ‘Fish a 2-0 lead. The Bucs answered with two runs of their own in the third inning, as the bottom of the order provided some good offense, collecting three hits in the inning.
The game stayed tied at two until the bottom of the fifth inning, when an Andrew Calderone throwing error led to a Buccaneer unearned run.
The ‘Fish were not able to get much going off Bucs starter Johnathon Hernandez Saturday, but did break through in the seventh inning, as Calderone started the rally with a single to left field. After a Buccaneer fielding error, Jake Summey laid down a perfect bunt for a single to load the bases. Evan Dougherty then lined a single to left field, which scored two runs to give the ‘Fish the lead, and knock Hernandez (Loss, 1-5) out of the game. Noah Johnson met the new pitcher with a bang, sending the second pitch he saw to left field, which scored two more runs for the ‘Fish.
Josh Turner (Win, 2-1) fired six innings for PBA on Saturday, allowing only five hits and two earned runs while striking out six. Turner was relieved by Kyle Polaski (Save, 1) who picked up his first career save, getting the final nine outs of the game on only 22 pitches.
The Sailfish added key late insurance runs, as Calderone drove in a run in the eighth inning, and Peter Rivera drove in two runs with a double in the top of the ninth inning.
Three Sailfish hitters finished with multiple hits on the day, as Visconti, Calderone, and Simon finished with two hits each. Visconti added his 18th double of the season, which is the most on the team and is the second most in all of Division II. Simon’s home run in the first inning was his sixth of the season which leads the team.