Sailfish Fall in Opener to #19/25 Moccasins 8-5

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.

Photo courtesy of Ron Hilliard.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball was doomed by a five-run seventh inning Friday night, as they fell to No. 19/25 ranked Florida Southern 8-5. The Sailfish have lost three games in a row and are now 20-13 on the season. The Mocs improve to 23-6 on the season and have now won 15 games in a row.

The Moccasins got on the scoreboard first on a Mitch Reeves sacrifice fly in the first inning. They added to their lead in the second inning, as Austin Mauer led off with a solo home run to left field.

Kyle Simon led off the bottom of the second inning with a double high off the center field wall. Andrew Calderone followed with a two-run blast to left field, his seventh of the season.

The Mocs added a run in the top of the fourth inning on a Mauer double, but the Sailfish quickly responded, as Simon tripled off the left field wall, and scored on a Peter Rivera sacrifice fly.

The game stayed tied at three through six innings, as both starting pitchers settled in nicely. Josh Turner finished his outing after six innings, allowing just the three runs on eight hits. Turner struck out six Moccasin hitters on the night.

The top of the seventh is where things went downhill for the Sailfish, as Florida Southern scored five runs, capped off by a Mauer three-run homer to left center field. Mauer tore up Sailfish pitching Friday, going 4-for-5 at the plate with five RBIs.

The Sailfish put a rally together in the eighth inning off the Moccasin bullpen, with Simon driving in two runs on a single to left field. That was all that the ‘Fish got however as they finished the game with only six hits.

Simon had the only multi-hit night for the ‘Fish Friday, as the junior finished 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in two runs.

The Sailfish and Mocs will return to Rubin Park on Saturday for a doubleheader. Game one will begin at noon as the Sailfish look to even up the series with the nationally ranked Moccasins.

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