Sailfish Take Weekend Series With Bucs Two Games to One

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.

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

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic and Barry University finished their weekend series on Sunday, as the Sailfish won the second game of the series 6-4 and were defeated by the Bucs in the final game of the set 3-1. The Sailfish take the weekend series against the Buccaneers two games to one, and now are tied in the season series as the Bucs won the season opening game with the Sailfish on Feb. 3.

The Sailfish will play host to St. Thomas University on Tuesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. before hosting Florida Southern College for a key South Region weekend series.

Game 1: Palm Beach Atlantic 6, Barry 4

It took two days for the Sailfish and Bucs to complete the second game of their three-game series, as pouring rains came in the middle of the sixth inning and forced the suspension of play.

Sean Horner got the ball for the ‘Fish in the second game of the set, and Horner continued his strong pitching as of late, as the senior threw five innings of two-hit ball, holding the Bucs scoreless and needing only 54 pitches to complete five innings.

The Sailfish threatened in the first inning as Evan Dougherty singled to open up the game, and stole second base for his 15th stolen bag of the season. Dougherty advanced to third on an error with no outs, but Buccaneer starter Luis Deville struck out the side to strand the Sailfish runner and keep the game scoreless.

The Sailfish broke the scoreless tie in the third inning, as a Sean Visconti infield single drove in Jake Summey.

The game remained 1-0 until the sixth inning, when the Sailfish got to the Bucs starter for two more runs. Andrew Calderone led off the inning with a single, and catcher Marcos Perez followed with a double off the top of the wall in left field, which advanced Calderone to third base. Mac Hessney followed with a RBI single up the middle, and Jake Summey drove in the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to deep right field.

The game picked up in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Barry came out firing, scoring three runs in the inning and tying the game.

The ‘Fish did not wait long to answer, as Kyle Simon singled in the top of the seventh with two outs to bring up Calderone, who blasted a home run to left center field to give the Sailfish a 5-3 lead. Sean Visconti added an insurance run for the ‘Fish in the top of the ninth with a home run of his own.

Sam Shields pitched well out of the bullpen for the ‘Fish, as he got out of a jam in the seventh inning, and threw a perfect eighth against the middle of the Bucs order. Shields ran into some trouble in the ninth inning, but freshman closer Joey Hennessey entered, and got two strikeouts and a pop out to end the game and seal the 6-4 victory for the Sailfish.

Game 2: Barry 3, Palm Beach Atlantic 1

The final game of the series was dominated by Buccaneer senior starting pitcher Nate Greve, who pitched into the ninth inning, and allowed just one run, a ninth inning solo home run by Simon, his team leading seventh of the season.

The Sailfish only got four hits in the game off Greve, who didn’t walk or hit a batter.

Sailfish starting pitcher David Paul (Loss, 4-1) gave up a three-run homer in the first inning to Claudio Rubiera, but settled down to pitch a great game of his own, throwing seven innings and allowing just the three runs from the first-inning homer. Paul struck out six hitters on the day, and needed just 85 pitches to complete his seven innings.

Kyle Polaski threw a scoreless eighth to keep the game within reach, but the Sailfish just couldn’t get the offense rolling, and fell by the 3-1 final score.

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