PBA Drops Mid-Week Game 8-4 to St. Thomas
March 28, 2017
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball dropped a mid-week contest with NAIA opponent St. Thomas University, falling 8-4 Tuesday evening at Rubin Park. The Sailfish dug themselves a hole that they couldn’t come back from, as they were down 8-1 after six innings in the game.
St. Thomas put up a three spot on the scoreboard in the first inning, as Jack Diaz hit a three-run homer to left field. The Sailfish got one run back in the bottom of the second inning, as Jake Summey lined a single to right field to drive in Kyle Simon, who reached via error.
The Bobcats opened up a big lead in the middle innings of the game, scoring two in the fourth and fifth innings and another run in the sixth inning. Rene Arauz, the Bobcat starting pitcher, shut down the Sailfish lineup, allowing just two hits through six innings, striking out eight batters while just allowing the one run.
The Sailfish tried to put a late rally together, as Evan Dougherty singled home a run in the seventh inning, and after a Sean Visconti double, Andrew Calderone tripled home a run in the eighth inning. Bobby Brennan lined a single to center field to score Calderone, making the game 8-4, but that is all that the Sailfish could muster at the plate. The double is Visconti’s 19th of the season, while the triple is Calderone’s team-leading fourth.
Kevin Fry had a solid outing for the ‘Fish out of the pen, throwing two innings, striking out two and allowing just one run. Zack Borsa and Sam Shields combined for scoreless eighth and ninth innings to keep the game within reach.
Summey had the only multi-hit night for the Sailfish, as the junior went 2-for-4 at the plate to raise his team-leading batting average to .417.
PBA will return to Rubin Park on Friday for the beginning of a key South Region weekend series against #19 ranked Florida Southern College. The Mocs enter Friday’s game on a 14-game win streak after their 1-0 win tonight against #23 ranked Flagler College.