Fish Swept in Doubleheader by Moccasins

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.

Photo courtesy of Ron Hilliard.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic dropped both games of a doubleheader Saturday against No. 19/25 ranked Florida Southern College. The Mocs have now won 17 games in a row and are 26-6 on the season. The Sailfish fall to 20-15 on the year as they have lost five in a row.

The ‘Fish have a busy week ahead with four South Region games. PBA will host Barry University on Tuesday at 6 p.m., as they will look to win the season series with the Buccaneers. The Sailfish will then travel down to Davie, Fla. on Friday to open up a weekend series with nationally ranked Nova Southeastern University.

Game 1: Florida Southern 7, Palm Beach Atlantic 2

The first game of the day began as a pitcher’s duel, as both starting pitchers were firing strikes, and worked deep into the game. The Sailfish got an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning on a Sean Visconti sacrifice fly. The Moccasins answered in the third inning, as Jason Sierra lined a two-out single to center field to plate two runners.

The ‘Fish scored another unearned run in the fifth inning, as Marcos Perez scored on a Bobby Brennan single that got past the Mocs outfield and ended up at the fence.

The game remained tied at two until the seventh inning, when a couple of key hits by the Mocs and two Sailfish errors led to a five run inning for Florida Southern. Sean Horner (Loss, 3-2) exited during the inning after allowing five earned runs in his 6.1 innings.

Mocs starter Jake Walsh pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just three hits and striking out seven. J.T. Hintzen came in for the second straight day to close the door on the Sailfish, who fell 7-2 in the ballgame.

Game 2: Florida Southern 6, Palm Beach Atlantic 4

The Sailfish got off to a rough start in the finale of the series, as starting pitcher David Paul was uncharacteristically wild in the first inning which led to two runs for the Mocs. The Mocs extended their lead methodically, as they tacked on single runs in the third, sixth, and seventh innings to pull out to a 5-0 lead.

Moccasin starter Chase Pilato was near perfect on the day, working into the eighth inning and allowing just five hits and no earned runs. Pilato struck out six hitters while walking none.

The Sailfish made the game interesting late as Andrew Calderone drove in a run in the eighth inning with a single to center field. The ‘Fish really made it close with two outs in the ninth as Ryan Johnson singled, Jake Summey reached on an error, and Evan Dougherty walked to load the bases. Then an infield single by Eddie Vicinanza pulled the ‘Fish to within four runs, and Sean Visconti’s single to right field made the game 6-4 and brought up Kyle Simon, who represented the winning run. Simon drove a 2-0 pitch deep to center field, but the ball stayed in play, and became the final out of the game.

Dougherty, Visconti, and Calderone all finished with two hits in the final game of the series for the Sailfish.

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